Sometime after the Easter holiday, Senator Dick Durban (IL), will introduce a bill to tax all sales on the Internet. If it passes, Durbin’s bill will undo the longstanding rule that merchants only have to collect sales tax for states with which they have a “substantial nexus.’’ That phrase comes from the Supreme Court, which has confirmed the no-nexus-no-tax rule in a line of cases stretching back more than 40 years.
If you have never gotten involved politically, now might be the time. One of the major advantages of purchasing items online is not having to pay state taxes. If this bill passes, it would change the Internet forever.