Jan Brewer signs sales tax overhaul bill

PHOENIX - Gov. Jan Brewer has signed a major overhaul of the state's sales tax collection system after compromising with cities and towns that worried it would cut their revenue.

The Transaction Privilege Tax system changes Brewer signed into law Tuesday won't affect what ordinary consumers pay at retail stores. But they do set the stage for the collection of taxes on internet sales if Congress passes a law allowing that.

The overhaul's biggest impact is on businesses. Currently they must file tax returns in each municipality where they operate and can undergo multiple audits. There will now be one filing and one audit statewide.

Cities and towns fought changes in new construction taxes because it would cut revenue from growing cities. Brewer agreed to a revision leaving that tax in place

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