Back to drawing board after NH House rejects sales tax bill

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The New Hampshire House has thwarted an attempt to discourage other states from collecting sales tax in New Hampshire.

Lawmakers returned to Concord for a special session Wednesday to fight a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling about online shopping. The ruling that states can require online retailers to collect sales taxes was a victory for states losing tax revenue but a potential blow to New Hampshire, which prides itself on having neither a sales nor income tax.

The Senate unanimously approved a bill to require taxing jurisdictions to register with the attorney general’s office and jump through other hoops. But the House gutted the bill, leaving only a study commission in place. The Senate later refused to agree, and said it would try again with a new bill in the coming weeks.

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