|Published:||May 06, 2013 10:38 PM EDT|
|Updated:||May 06, 2013 11:46 PM EDT|
FORT MYERS, FL--Just a couple of hours ago the Senate passed a bill that would make nearly all Internet purchases fair game to be taxed.
Right now, stores like Best Buy and Petco charge sales tax online because they have stores here. But it's sites like Amazon and Ebay don't have to charge sales tax. But the days of getting those tax free deals could soon be over.
Danielle null is a really, really big online shopper. In fact, she says almost everything in her house was bought online.
Even though her purchases on sites like Amazon and Ebay could soon be taxed, she says she'll keep filling up that online shopping cart.
"It is still nicer than wasting the gas and my time to go out and find it," said Null.
Monday night the Senate passed a bill that would allow each state to collect sales tax from purchases made online.
"It wouldn't make that big of a difference if you figure the math," said Null.
If the bill becomes law, that $100 Amazon purchase would cost you an extra $6.
That's money that college student, Edward Major, says is precious. He say's if he will now have to pay tax, he would think twice before clicking the check out button.
"And when you are buying textbooks that are 60 bucks, seven cents on the dollar can add up just on that one item," said Major.
For small business owners, like Karen Allegretti with market earth in Fort Myers, this tax, she says, could actually lure more people through her front door because that online "tax free" incentive just wont be there.
"I don't really think it is going to hurt an online retailer as much as it is going to help a brick and mortar retailer," said Allegretti.
The House now has to pass this bill, where there is some opposition, but it's an idea the President says he favors.
If all of that happens, Florida could decide to collect the tax.