NATIONAL SALES TAXES HIT RECORD LEVELS IN 2003: The sales tax rates levied by states, counties, cities and districts reached all-time highs in 2003, resulting in the largest overall increase in more than a decade, according to a report by tax technology company Vertex Inc.

According to the report, municipalities raised 412 rates and created 476 new sales and use taxes, while lowering only 66 rates.

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