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.

Wyoming Republican Mike Enzi told his Senate colleagues that the bill isn't a disguised attempt to increase taxes or put a new tax on the Internet since consumers are alaredy supposed to pay sales and uses taxes on remote Internet and mail order purchases. Enzi’s proposed new Streamlined Sales and Use Tax Act would correct that situation by effectively requiring Internet, mail order and telephone sellers to collect the appropriate sales taxes on all purchases, even if the seller has no physical presence in the buyer’s home state.

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