Opinion: The Internet Taxman Cometh For America’s Online Shoppers

Online shoppers could soon find themselves paying more for their purchases if state policymakers succeed in convincing Congress to sign off on a multistate sales tax cartel for the Internet.While America doesn’t have a national sales tax, some state officials have spent the last 15 years scheming to devise a more unified sales tax regime so they can force mail-order and online sellers to collect sales tax for states where they have no operations. And now some in Congress appear ready to lend them a hand with legislation that would bless state efforts to impose taxes on interstate commerce, something usually blocked by the Commerce Clause of the Constitution.

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