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(Washington, DC) – U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) released the following statement on Internet sales tax legislation that the Senate is considering this week:

“This Internet sales tax legislation is bad for New Hampshire small businesses who shouldn’t be forced to collect sales taxes for other states.  I strongly oppose this measure because it would put a serious burden on small businesses that rely on the Internet to tap into growing markets, expand their operations, and create jobs.  Mandating that small businesses collect sales taxes for an additional 46 states and 9,600 tax jurisdictions would overload these entities with bureaucracy and red tape. 

“Considering the myriad of problems with this legislation – including the absence of protections for small businesses in states without a sales tax – I have urged Senate leadership to consider this bill under regular order instead of fast-tracking it as they’re doing this week. I intend to file amendments to this bill to improve it because the Senate isn’t properly considering the ramifications of this measure.”