The Senate passed a bill Tuesday seeking to force more online retailers to collect sales tax for the state.
Senators voted 29-0 to pass SB182, and sent it to the House
Currently, merchants selling products online must collect sales tax only if they have a physical location — such as a store or warehouse — within the state where the purchase is made.
Even when tax is not automatically collected now, Utah buyers still now technically owe it — and are supposed to include it in their annual income-tax returns. Utah collects only about $200,000 a year, out of an estimated $80 million to $350 million owed.