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Taxing the net: Sununu puts NH in the fight

April 07. 2018 9:36PM

Gov. Chris Sununu issued a statement Thursday that New Hampshire has submitted a brief to the U.S. Supreme Court regarding internet sales taxes. (UNION LEADER FILE PHOTO)

There was never much doubt where New Hampshire stood on the question of internet sales taxes.

With no broadbased sales tax of our own, forcing New Hampshire companies to collect sales taxes for other states would be a pointless burden.

Last week, Gov. Chris Sununu and Attorney General Gordon MacDonald made our opposition official, submitting a brief to the U.S. Supreme Court in a case that will decide if South Dakota can collect sales taxes from businesses with no physical presence in the state.

Allowing states to reach across borders to collect sales taxes goes against Supreme Court precedence and common sense.South Dakota should not be allowed to draft Granite State firms as its collection agents.

Giant online companies have the resources to keep up with thousands of local, county, and state sales taxes across the country, but smaller companies would be at a tremendous compliance disadvantage.

Amazon, which is expanding its presence to all 50 states, has started collecting sales taxes on its orders, though not on third-party vendors sales.

President Donald Trump seems to think charging sales taxes on online purchases would hurt Amazon, but doing so would actually be a big boost to the internet's largest retailer.

Last month, Sens. Jeanne Shaheen and Maggie Hassan introduced a resolution opposing a Senate push to force retailers to collect sales taxes online.

We are pleased New Hampshire's leaders are working together to stop this online cash grab.

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