The End of Tax-Free Online Shopping?


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Ryan McVay/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Tax-free shopping for online goods may soon become a thing of the past.

A bill in Congress would make collection of sales tax a standard practice on the web — something traditional brick and mortar retailers argue is a matter of fairness. 

Stores do all the work, says a top executive at the National Retail Federation, and then online competitors steal the sale because they don’t have to charge state and local sales taxes.

Now, there’s growing bipartisan support in Congress for legislation to require big online retailers to collect those taxes no matter where you shop.

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