The End Of Tax-Free Online Shopping Draws Nearer

Source: Martha C. White / NBC News

The days of tax-free online shopping could be numbered.

A bill to impose sales tax on Internet purchases took one step closer to being passed Wednesday, when the Senate voted 75-22 in favor of considering The Marketplace Fairness Act. A vote on passage could come this week.

The bill is supported by the White House and e-commerce giant and embraced by brick-and-mortar retailers, their trade association and the National Conference of State Legislatures. But it has been sharply criticized by online merchants led by eBay, as well as anti-tax advocates.

Despite the debate over the issue, experts say it won’t change the way most Americans use the Internet to shop.

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