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Apr 5, 2012 7:50 PM by Andy Koen

Colorado's internet tax axed

Once again, shopping at amazon.com is tax-free for Coloradoans after a federal judge this week tossed out a state law taxing online purchases. House Majority Leader Rep. Amy Stephens of Monument applauds the decision.

"Not only was it a burden for interstate commerce but for our internet retailers."

Stephens lead an effort to repeal the law last year but was blocked by the State Senate. She says it burdens business with red tape.

"Look, we're at a time when we don't need this. We're at a time when we're trying to free people in this economy and I believe to pursue that is the right course of action."

However, former state representative Michael Merrifield, who was a co-sponsor of House Bill 1193, disagrees and wants the state to appeal the ruling. He says it gives online sellers an economic advantage over local retailers.

"Businesses from out of state who sell products, have brick and mortar stores here in Colorado, pay that sales tax and yet and international internet business doesn't have to pay it."

A spokesperson for the Colorado Department of Revenue says they are currently considering whether to appeal the ruling. Governor Hickenlooper has yet to comment.

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