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The Associated Press November 11, 2011, 10:55AM ET

Mo. Sen. Blunt backing bill on online sales taxes

Missouri Republican Roy Blunt says he is one of several U.S. senators sponsoring legislation that he hopes will help level the taxes paid by traditional stores and online retailers.

Blunt says the legislation will give states the option to collect sales taxes from online retailers and out-of-state businesses through a new, simplified system. He said under current laws, online retailers are not collecting the sales taxes, but consumers are supposed to calculate and pay them. Many do not.

Blunt said the legislation would dovetail with the streamlined sales tax initiative that has been adopted in some states but has not yet been approved by the Missouri Legislature.

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