Washington (Oct. 20, 2003) -- Advocates of new legislation mandating the collection of state sales tax on remote Internet purchases are packaging their latest plan as an effort to avoid income tax rate increases.

“This bill is not a disguised attempt to increase taxes or put a new tax on the Internet,” Sen. Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., told the Senate. “Consumers are already supposed to pay sales and use taxes” on remote Internet and mail order purchases, but most “are unaware they are required to pay this use tax on purchases for which retailers choose not to collect sales tax at the time of purchase.”

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