New legislation could force online sellers to charge varying tax rates, depending on where their customers live. Here’s why that could get tricky.
Different rates in different statesThe Senate has approved legislation that would give states more authority to collect sales tax on online sales. The bill would level the playing field for brick-and-mortar retailers, but for those selling online, it would require merchants to calculate different rates for customers in different states. Here's a look at how much variation exists across the country, with a glance at the five states with no sales tax and the six with the highest rates.Thomas Boyd/AP