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New Hampshire Governor Fighting Back Against Internet Sales Tax Ruling

New Hampshire Governor Chris Sununu wants the state Legislature to pass a new law that would make it hard for other states to collect sales tax from businesses in the Granite State that sell products online.

On June 21, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that states can collect sales taxes on Internet sales from out-of-state businesses.

The new law would require any state, county, or municipality seeking sales taxes from a New Hampshire business to get approval from the state’s Department of Justice, and would enable the state’s attorney general to file an expedited lawsuit against any state that didn’t comply, according to the Associated Press, as published by the Concord Monitor.

“With this proposal we’ll send a message to every out-of-state taxing jurisdiction and authority: If you try come into our state and force our businesses to collect their sales tax, you’re gonna have the fight of your life,” Sununu said, according to the Associated Press story. “I expect most states will be thinking long and hard before trying to come after our businesses to do their work.”

New Hampshire is one of five states that do not have a sales tax. The others are Delaware, Montana, Oregon, and Alaska.

Sununu, a Republican, is running for re-election in the fall.

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