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Lets face it no one wants to take their hard earned money out of their pockets and give it to someone else especially to the US Government Taxes are everywhere and yet the US still seems to blow the budget every year with out of control spending Now the US Government is in search for new potential sources of revenue In the latest attempt to obtain more tax revenue congress has passed a bill called the Marketplace Fairness Act which potentially could force online businesses to collect and relay sales tax back to individual states where the buyer is located Currently only 13 out of the 45 states that have implemented sales tax require individual online businesses to be responsible for their states tax revenue Other states like Wisconsin only require businesses to charge sales tax if the buyer and the distribution center which they are receiving their product from are located within the same state Today if something is purchased online from a different state it is essentially a tax free sale So why should you want to pay online sales tax Because its better for the nation as a whole and overall online sales tax will prove to be more beneficial than it will be harmfulTechnically states such as Wisconsin already have sales tax on items that have been purchased online In 1992 the Supreme Court ruled that online-only retailers do not have to charge sales tax in those states in which they do not have a physical presence known as brick-and-mortar stores Kurtzleben Because of the Supreme Courts ruling it is currently up to the consumer to report how much he or she has spent online in the previous year The problem with this however is that most people simply do not report their online purchases Danielle Kurtzleben brought up another issue in her article States Lose Out on Online Shopping which is another consequence of the current sales tax scheme
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