The Marketplace Fairness Act, which the Senate passed last week, would require e-commerce vendors to collect sales taxes not only on physical items, but also on digital goods such as ebooks and music downloads.

Even if the online merchants are not based in states that impose sales taxes, they would still be required to collect sales taxes from customers who live in states and localities that do levy sales taxes on their residents, assuming they meet the $1 million threshold in sales (see Senate Passes Internet Sales Tax Legislation).

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