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      Online shoppers could pay new tax

      David Allie has been running his business, The Safety Store, for more than eight years. He makes 50 percent of his sales online across the nation and doesn't agree with having a sales tax on his online products.

      "Small business, you hear it all the time," said David Allie, owner. "We are the ones driving the economy. Then you turn around and they are always hitting us up for more money."

      The Marketplace Fairness Act will make retailers collect sales taxes on their online transactions across the nation. A study from 2009 says it could increase tax revenue by at least $12 billion a year.

      However, Allie says having to collect taxes will hurt his business. He says he will have to hire another employee and spend more time and money submitting these taxes to the government.

      "Somebody's got to collect the money, put it on the books, make sure it goes to the right places, write the checks, put them in the mail. Oh don't forget the stamps. They are going up all the time. It's something we have to do we don't get paid for," Allie explains.

      While he doesn't agree with the proposed tax, some consumers aren't completely sure what impact the bill will have.

      "It might deter some people from shopping from certain states, but I think overall, I don't think it will have that much of an impact," said Ryan Gleason, customer. "I know shopping online his become more common. More and more people are doing it. I know that I will probably continue to shop online as well."

      The bill has to pass the Senate and House. Meanwhile, at the state level, Michigan is considering a six percent sales tax on online purchases.