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Congress weighs Internet shopping tax bill

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CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) -

You're next online purchase could cost you more than you're used to.

A bill making its way through the Senate will make tax free shopping on the Internet a thing of the past, if that bill continues to receive the same swell of support it got Monday, when the Senate voted 74 to 20 to take up the bill.

The National Retail Federation is also standing behind the change. The group says it would even the playing field between brick and mortar stores and their online competition.

The proposal would require Internet retailers to tax you, and the sales tax would be sent to the state where a shopper lives.

But opponents say states are being greedy, and that the bill is just another way for lawmakers to raise your taxes.

Currently, states can only require online stores to collect sales taxes if the store has a physical presence in the state.

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