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Sunday, 23rd November 2008

Sales Tax “Skimming” Costs State and Local Governments Over $1 Billion Annually

Sales Tax “Skimming” Costs State and Local Governments Over $1 Billion Annually (PDF; 63 KB)
Source: Good Jobs First

State and local governments in many parts of the country are losing a total of more than $1 billion in revenue each year from the diversion of sales tax receipts into the pockets of retailers, especially large chains such as Wal-Mart. The biggest losses are created by state programs—known by names such as “vendor discount” or “collection allowance”—that pay retailers for collecting sales tax on behalf of governments.

These are the conclusions of Skimming the Sales Tax, a comprehensive national study of the issue released today by Good Jobs First, a non-profit research center based in Washington, DC.
The report finds that 26 states provide retailer compensation, which is calculated as a percentage of the sales tax collected, while 19 states and the District of Columbia do not. Five states do not have a state sales tax.

+ Full Report (PDF: 921 KB)



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