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State senators file bill to delay sales tax law

November 1, 2003

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To give both Kansas merchants and the state time to come to grips with a new sales tax law, three senators have prefiled a bill to delay implementation of the law until July 1.

Sen. Pete Brungardt, R-Salina; Senate vice president John Vratil, R-Leawood; and Sen. Derek Schmidt, R-Independence, filed the bill Thursday.

The purpose of the sales tax bill was to target Internet and catalog businesses. Previously, such sales were taxed at the location of sale. Under the law, passed this past session, sales taxes would be paid based on the sales tax rate of where the merchandise is shipped.

But the law quickly became a bookkeeping nightmare for businesses.

"We've gotten lots of complaints and feedback about this," Brungardt said.

He's not opposed to the law, but merely wants to "give businesses and the Department of Revenue more time to work out the guidelines."

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