Washington Senator Cheryl Pflug has proposed SB 6061, which would make Oregonians, who currently pay no sales tax, and who shop in southwest Washington, pay a retail sales tax in an attempt to raise state revenues to the tune of an estimated $18 million. In bordering city Vancouver, WA, for example, the combined state and local rate is 8.2%. Shoppers would pay the tax initially, but then can apply for a refund exempting them from the state rate of 6.5%, but would still be obligated to pay Vancouver’s 1.7% rate. To qualify for the refund, a shopper would have to prove out of state residency, totals would have to be over $25 (about $384 of spending), and one could only apply once a year. The bill has mixed support.
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