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State Officials Not Giving Up On Sales Tax On Internet Purchases

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By SUSAN HAIGH, Associated Press

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ Connecticut officials say they’re not giving up on requiring Internet retailers like Amazon.com to collect state sales taxes.

State officials tell The Associated Press that the Department of Revenue Services has received a letter from Amazon that says the online company does not believe it is obligated to abide by the law because it does not have a physical presence in Connecticut.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy says the state will press Amazon for the taxes on sales during the month when the new law was passed and Amazon still had affiliations with websites based in Connecticut. Amazon severed those ties in June.

Connecticut is also building a case to take Amazon to court. Amazon did not return calls for comment.

     (Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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