Internet Sales Tax Passes Senate | Roland Martin Reports

Internet Sales Tax Passes Senate

Source: Hadley Malcolm / USA Today

The Senate passed a bill Monday night aimed at making it easier for states to collect sales taxes for online purchases, but its final prospects remain uncertain.

Even so small online retailers are already thinking about the bill’s potentially large impact on their operations.

Nancy Mashragi would seriously consider reducing her sales to less than $1 million a year so she’d be exempt from collecting sales tax from customers.

Mashragi sells refurbished electronics through her eBay store, Concept Electronics. Last year she sold roughly $3 million worth of merchandise. But if the Senate passes the Marketplace Fairness Act tonight, she may cut iPads, which have a high cost but low profit margin, from her inventory so she’d fall within the proposed $1 million small-seller exemption.

“That’s something off the bat we’d cut out because it’s not worth it for us,” says Mashragi, who is based in Clearwater, Fla., and collects sales taxes for purchases made by Florida residents. “Why would we go through the hassle of going over that threshold and being responsible for all those taxes on something that has a very low profit margin?”

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