Kelly brushes off AG’s opinion on new online sales tax policy


State News

October 3, 2019 - 10:37 AM

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Gov. Laura Kelly is discounting Republican calls to rescind a policy requiring out-of-state online businesses to collect sales taxes on sales in Kansas and remit the tax to the state.

On Monday, Attorney General Derek Schmidt issued a nonbinding opinion that Kelly’s administration did not have the legal authority to impose the policy, which some experts said is the nation’s most aggressive policy for collecting state and local taxes on online sales.

House and Senate GOP leaders then demanded the Kelly drop the policy, which the Kansas Department of Revenue issued in August. The tax collections were scheduled to take effect Tuesday.

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