COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - A bill filed in the South Carolina Senate is gaining traction; if passed, it would allow for South Carolina online shoppers to pay the state's 6 percent sales tax on purchases through out-of-state companies.
Senator Marlon Kimpson (D-Charleston) sponsored the bill. On Tuesday, it passed through two Senate committees.
Kimpson says online shoppers currently do not pay the sales tax when purchasing items through companies that don't have a physical store in the state
He says that puts local stores at a disadvantage, even out of business and believes the state is missing out on millions of dollars.
"We're missing out on funding our road, improving education - this is a legal obligation of the citizens of South Carolina who shop on the internet," Kimpson said.
Meanwhile, there's also a House subcommittee tasked with reforming the state tax codes. Members meet to discuss legislation that would change income, property, and sales tax.
There's no plan yet, but Chairman Tommy Pope says the committee is meeting in a couple of weeks and hopes to have legislation ready to introduce in the House.