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Ayotte: No out-of-state sales tax on N.H. online stores

U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte isn’t a fan of sales tax being charged on online purchases from New Hampshire stores.

The Republican said last week she’s working with Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden, a Democrat, on a Senate resolution opposing any new legislation that would require collection of state taxes by out-of-state internet businesses.

Ayotte was a co-sponsor of such a resolution introduced by Wyden in 2011, a measure that never made it out of the Senate Finance Committee.

“Online businesses should be a source of jobs, not a source of new tax revenue. New Hampshire prides itself on having no sales tax, and our Internet retailers shouldn’t be forced to become tax collectors for other states,” Ayotte said in a news release. “We need to be vigilant to preserve our tax-free status, and I will continue to fight any federal effort that would require New Hampshire Internet businesses to collect sales taxes.”

The release from Ayotte’s office quoted Joe Cortese, an online coin and stamp dealer in Pittsfield, as saying that “if small online retailers are required to collect sales taxes for jurisdictions across the country, these businesses will shrink rather than grow. The compliance costs in terms of time and money would simply be too much to bear.”

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