MARKETWATCH - Mar 12 - The House Judiciary Committee is holding a hearing to discuss “alternative solutions” to the Marketplace Fairness Act, which would mark the beginning of the end of online tax-free shopping. The U.S. Senate voted to approve the act last year, but the bill expired before the House voted on it. The Act would require online vendors with $1M+ in annual out-of-state sales to collect sales tax from their customers. The act wouldn’t apply to digital content like music and e-books, which is why states are steadily introducing their own sales-tax laws. Last year, Minnesota introduced a tax on digital goods, including e-books, e-cards and apps. Washington State expanded its tax in 2009 to specifically cover digital music, movies and e-books and apps, as did Kentucky, Vermont and Wisconsin. Most states don’t include magazines, newspapers or online dating in those laws, however.