Waynesville Daily Guide
by Zachary Wright
July 16, 2018
The City of Richland will put the use tax measure on the ballot for voters in the city limits. On Aug. 7, 2018, residents of the city will be able to vote on the measure to have a Use Tax – a tax on purchased goods from out of state through online vendors.
In a recent Supreme Court ruling on June 21, 2018, (South Dakota v. Wayfair, INC) local counties were authorized to collect Sales Tax from online purchases. The Use Tax and Sales Tax are mutually exclusive, meaning the two would not be applied together. The Use Tax would only be applied to out of state purchases.
Susan Alexander, the city clerk of Richland, said voters should understand that this is not a general internet tax or a tax increase. “It’s not a tax increase above 8.725. We couldn’t do a tax increase without it being on the ballot,” Alexander said. Currently, the Richland sales tax is 8.725 percent. The Use Tax would be similar to the Sales Tax by taxing the same amount.
In the flier posted on the City of Richland Facebook page on July 10, the City of Richland stated, “A voter approved use tax means the city would begin to collect it’s 2.5 percent on the sale of tangible items from out-of-state online and catalogue purchases.”
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