Missouri's Blunt backs bill on online sales tax

Friday, November 11, 2011 | 7:40 a.m. CST; updated 9:36 a.m. CST, Friday, November 11, 2011

JEFFERSON CITY — Roy Blunt said he is one of several U.S. senators sponsoring legislation he hopes will help level the taxes paid by traditional stores and online retailers.

Blunt, a Republican, said the legislation will give states the option to collect sales taxes from online retailers and out-of-state businesses through a new, simplified system. He said that under current laws, online retailers are not collecting the sales taxes, but consumers are supposed to calculate and pay them. Many do not.

Blunt said the legislation would dovetail with the streamlined sales tax initiative that has been adopted in some states but has not yet been approved by the Missouri legislature.


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