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Thu March 1, 2012
Internet Sales Tax Bill Falls Short
BOISE, ID – State lawmakers Wednesday stopped a bill to tax internet sales. More than two hours of public testimony ended in a tie vote by members of Idaho’s House Revenue and Taxation Committee. That means the bill will likely die.
Republican Representative Lenore Hardy Barrett of Custer County voted against the measure. She said, “We need to cut out all of this kind of thing and work on cutting spending, cutting taxes, and downsizing government.”
The 79-page bill to streamline Idaho sales and use taxes would have conformed to a measure being considered in Congress. The bill’s sponsor, Representative Jeff Nesset, estimates that an internet sales tax on Idahoans would generate $35 million a year.
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