The Streamlined Sales Tax Project, in labor since 2000, officially gave birth on Oct. 1, 2005, when the threshold of 10 states representing at least 20 percent of the population was crossed."There are now 13 full-member states and five more associate states," said SSTP co-chair Scott Peterson, of the South Dakota Department of Revenue and Regulations. The associate-member states are those that have passed the requisite implementing legislation, but where the legislation had not yet gone into effect by October 1.

The goal of the SSTP is to formulate a workable interstate agreement that would create a simplified sales and use tax collection system that could be used by retailers regardless of their location. The system establishes uniform definitions of taxable goods, sets rules for sourcing transactions, and centralizes the registration and administration process for retailers to participate in the system.

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