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N.H. Lawmakers Return From Summer Break to Respond to Online Sales Tax Ruling

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State lawmakers will be in Concord on Wednesday to vote on a bill aimed at protecting New Hampshire businesses from having to collect online sales tax.

The Special Session, requested by Governor Chris Sununu and approved by Executive Council, is a response to a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling.

The 5-4 decision in the case of South Dakota v. Wayfair  overturned 50 years of precedent, changing the rules for when a business needs to collect a sales tax when it sells a good to a customer in another state.

Lawmakers will vote on a measure that seeks to mitigate the impact on companies in New Hampshire. The bill sets up a series of hurdles for out-of-state tax collectors, including requiring them to register with the state Attorney General, pay a fee, and prove the tax is constitutional.

The bill received unanimous bipartisan support in committee last week, though some members of the New Hampshire House say it doesn’t go far enough to block sales tax collections.

Todd started as a news correspondent with NHPR in 2009. He spent nearly a decade in the non-profit world, working with international development agencies and anti-poverty groups. He holds a master’s degree in public administration from Columbia University.

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