Sales tax collections in Q3 2011 rose 3.8% from the same period in 2010 according to the State Revenue Report issued by The Nelson A. Rockefeller Institute of Government. While there has been growth for seven quarters in a row, the growth has slowed when compared with Q1 2011 (6.5%) and Q2 2011 (4.7%). Growth was shown in 41 of 45 states with broad-based sales taxes. North Dakota reported growth at 40.8% followed by Wyoming at 20.5%. California, Arkansas, North Carolina, and Utah reported declines in sales tax collections. Reduction of taxes appeared to have a large impact for the states reporting declines. Arkansas had recently reduced their food and manufacturing utility tax as of July 1, 2011. North Carolina and California both expired temporary sales tax increases as of July 1, 2011.
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