A bill that cleared the state Senate this week could usher an end to tax-free internet shopping in South Carolina.
Right now, sales taxes on goods purchased online in South Carolina are supposed to be voluntarily reported by consumers on their tax returns. But State Sen. Marlon Kimpson D-Charleston, said this rarely happens. The bill Kimpson sponsored would require online vendors like Amazon include the price of the tax at the time of the purchase so it gets collected immediately.
The bill passed 38-5, with opponents saying it is effectively a tax increase on South Carolinians who were previously unaware of current law.