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One of the saving you get shopping online could be disappearing.

If Congress changes the rules about who is required to charge sales tax.

Right now - many online retailers don't have to .

But other businesses say that's unfair.

The US Senate is voting tonight on that issue.

But the whole debate really boils down to one word.. "fairness"

And small businesses are on both sides of the issue.

Some are in favor of the tax while others want to see it fail in the Senate before it gets any further. 

One of the people in favor of the new tax is Any Trimble, owner of Watermark Corners in Moline, IL. 

99 percent of her sales come from people coming in the store and purchasing items. 

All of them having to pay sales tax.

But with so much of her business dependent on traffic - customers can take advantage of the system.

"People come into a local business, chain or local, and ask advice from the sales people," says Trimble. " And they go online and buy it because they don't have to pay the sales tax."

And because of that discount - Trimble believe online businesses have an unfair advantage.

"Changing sales tax across the board or making businesses change and collect the sales tax would even the playing field to some degree and allow everyone to compete on their pricing and products alone"

Rock Island business owner Joy Murphy disagrees.

Most of her business is done via the web -  making custom Christmas stockingS and shipping them to customers all over the county.

the proposed law says businesses making less than $1million in online sales will be exempt from the new taxes - which her business is.

But she worries about the tax trickling down to smaller and smaller shops and stores.

"Small business is the heartbeat of the economy and I think we will have an Internet sales tax for all businesses someday," says Murphy.

Costing her more money to figure out what taxes she should be paying to different states.

But no matter what happens with this law - both women say their businesses could see major change in the future.

 

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