BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) – Online shopping is a major business.
In 2012, Americans spent over $225 billion in online shopping.
Part of the appeal for many buyers is the ability to save on sales tax.
As it stands, states are only allowed to collect sales tax from online retailers who also have a physical presence in their state.
However, that could change as lawmakers consider a bill that would allow states to collect online sales tax.
Supporters of the bill say it will level the playing field between brick-and-mortar stores that have to collect the tax and online retailers who do not.
Opponents of the bill argue that it will be an accounting nightmare for small businesses. They also say it may hurt internet start-ups.
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