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Delaware Senator Throws Support Behind Online Sales Tax Drive

by Glen Shapiro, LawAndTax-News.com, New York

18 December 2003


The drive to simplify the US sales tax regime in order to effectively levy the tax on online purchases has gained another supporter in the Senate, according to reports.

Speaking at the weekend to Internetnews.com, Senator Tom Carper (D-Del) revealed that he will be co-sponsoring legislation designed for force out-of-state retailers (including online businesses) to collect and distribute sales taxes on transactions with US citizens.

Delaware does not levy a state sales tax, and as a result, has become an attractive destination for shoppers. However, Senator Carper told Internetnews.com that the increasing popularity of online retailers is eating into his state's revenue.

The measure to which the Delaware Democrat has lent his support is the enabling legislation for an agreement, known as the Streamlined Sales Tax Program (STTP), reached by state governments, to streamline some 7,500 sales tax laws.

The bill, which was introduced by Senators Michael Enzi (R-Ore) and Byron Dorgan (D-N.D.), now has 19 co-sponsors.


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