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Vt. reviews court ruling on internet shopping sales tax

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MONTPELIER, Vt. -

The Shumlin administration is reviewing implications from a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that leaves nearly a dozen states, including Vermont, free to levy sales taxes on internet purchases.

The high court's decision Monday left intact a New York appeals court ruling that Amazon.com and most other online retailers must collect state sales taxes when they pay affiliates to promote links to their products.

While some estimates put potential revenue for Vermont in the tens of millions of dollars, officials say they're not banking on that yet.

"We are still reviewing the Supreme Court decision and what the implications are," Vt. Commerce Secretary Lawrence Miller said. "There's a number of other cases that are ongoing around the country so, the point which we feel comfortable there's enough room to make the leap without unintended consequences, then we'll go."

Amazon plans to take the sales tax fight back to Congress. Lawmakers have so far been unable to agree on the issue.

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