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Wayfast: Quick response on sales tax

July 20. 2018 2:33PM

New Hampshire's response to the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in the Wayfair case is going to be Wayfast.

The Legislature comes back into special session on Wednesday to consider a bill drafted by Gov. Chris Sununu's administration and unanimously endorsed by a joint legislative task force formed to address the court's ruling that sales tax states may force online retailers in other states to collect their taxes for them.

The recommended response would be to set up the New Hampshire attorney general's office as an intermediary between Granite State businesses and revenue agents from other states.

Despite bipartisan support for the legislation, Democrats couldn't help but complain, accusing Sununu of rushing them back. But the need for speed is to get ahead of other states before they can start sending invoices to New Hampshire businesses. We expect the Legislature to grapple with internet sales tax collections when it comes back in January. Ultimately, Congress must assert its authority to regulate interstate commerce.

On Wednesday, State House Democrats should stop griping, give the AG authority to protect New Hampshire businesses, and go home.

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