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Oklahoma House passes measure to collect online sales taxes

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OKLAHOMA CITY – The Oklahoma House has narrowly passed legislation that allows the state to collect sales taxes on transactions between an Oklahoma buyer and out-of-state online retail site.

The House voted 51-39 for the legislation Thursday and sent in to the state Senate for action.

Republican Rep. Chad Caldwell of Enid authored the bill and says it closes a loophole in existing state law that he says is harmful to Oklahoma retailers. Businesses with a physical presence in the state must collect and remit sales tax while out-of-state retailers do not.

Oklahomans are currently required to keep track of their out-of-state purchases and pay a use tax on their state tax return. But Caldwell says only 4 percent of taxpayers remit the tax each year.