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Online sales tax bill clears hurdle

Posted at 11:43 AM, Apr 11, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-11 12:43:28-04
You may soon pay a bit more when shopping online.
 
Nebraska lawmakers gave an online sales tax bill first-round approval by a 28-13 vote. The bill would require online retailers to collect sales taxes if their gross revenue in Nebraska exceeds $100,000 or they conduct 200 or more transactions in the state. Those that refuse would be required to notify both buyers and the state that the tax is due. The bill is an attempt to level the playing field between online retailers and brick and mortar stores.
 
Nebraska already requires online buyers to pay sales taxes when they file income tax returns, but few people actually do. That costs the state an estimated $30 to $40 million a year. Amazon announced in December that it would start collecting sales tax.