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Internet Sales Tax Signed Into Law

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OLYMPIA, Wash.- You may be paying more for your online purchases.

Washington Governor Christine Gregoire has just signed a bill taking advantage of the growth in Internet commerce.

For years you've been able to sit down here at your computer and avoid paying the sales tax to the state.

Now, the Governor's signed on with 21 other states to begin collecting sales tax from on-line retailers.

It's an optional program; sellers can sign up for it.

If they don't, they still have to pay the taxes.

This is just a way for them to reduce their liability in the future, and even more, from the past.

"A lot of these remote sellers may have an obligation to collect and remit this already and so what this allows them to do is get a little amnesty. They are provided with amnesty for any past tax liability, so it's got good incentive," said Mike Gowrylow with the state's Department of Revenue.

The Department of Revenue estimates it'll bring in another $50 million a year, but they say they're still losing about $750 million.

The change also affects mail order and catalog business.