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VOL. 127 | NO. 235 | Monday, December 03, 2012

Arkansas Rep. Womack Joins Online Sales Tax Call

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) – GOP congressman Steve Womack is backing a law that would allow states to levy sales tax on online and catalog purchases.

A Dec. 5 event is planned in Washington to rally support for the so-called Marketplace Fairness Act, which is backed by the National Conference of State Legislatures. Womack is scheduled to speak along with Sen. Mike Enzi of Wyoming, Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois, Rep. Jackie Speier of California and Rep. Peter Welch of Vermont.

All five are sponsors of the bill, which would allow states to require online and catalog retailers to collect and pay sales taxes.

The NCSL says states are expected to lose more than $23 billion in taxes this year on Internet and catalog sales as opposed to taxes collected by "brick-and-mortar" businesses.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

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PROPERTY SALES 125 460 19,282
MORTGAGES 156 638 24,832
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 0 0 2,278
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