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Oregon Sales Tax? Say it ain't so!

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On February 20, 2013, House Bill 3074 was introduced to Oregon legislature for consideration in their current session.

Among other items included in the bill dealing with run of the mill Oregon taxes, are provisions that, if enacted, would allow the state to enter into the Streamlined Sales and Use Tax Agreement.  Provided that the State successfully becomes a member state to the Agreement, Oregon would:

-Collect a sales tax on the sales of tangible personal property and services within the state;

-Collect a use tax on any tangible personal property used in the state on which sales tax was not collected by the seller;

-Provide certain exemptions and exclusions from sales and use tax; and

-Impose civil penalties for non-compliance.

The bill would set an effective start date of the state's sales tax of no earlier than January 1, 2016 but in order for that to happen, the State must have entered into an agreement with the SST Governing Board.  Otherwise, the provisions expire.

So, time to stop whispering that dreaded "s" word (or in this case the dreaded "S.A.U.T" words) as sales and use tax could become a reality for you.

For those readers out there in Oregon, or for that matter any of the other 4 states with no sales tax, how do you feel about this?  Montana seems to be uninterested based on statements by the Chair of the Finance Committee around the Marketplace Fairness Act, but this blogger surely is curious to see how the populace feels.

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