Measure that would crack down on internet sales tax clears Oklahoma Senate

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OKLAHOMA CITY – An attempt to get more Oklahomans to pay the required sales tax on online purchases has cleared the state Senate.

The Senate passed the bill 31-12 on Thursday and sent it to the House for consideration.

Sen. John Ford of Bartlesville says the bill directs out-of-state retailers to notify Oklahoma customers annually of how much they spent and that state sales tax may be due.

It also directs the Oklahoma Tax Commission to try to get more out-of-state retailers to collect and remit Oklahoma sales tax.

Oklahomans are currently required to keep track of their out-of-state purchases and pay a use tax on their state tax return.

But state tax officials say only 4 percent of Oklahoma filers remit the tax each year.

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