Journal loses appeal seeking greater transparency
After a South Dakota court orders a sales-tax evader to pay up, a question lingers.
Was the money ever paid?
The answer in many cases is confidential, according to a recent ruling against the Rapid City Journal by a state hearing examiner.
More broadly, the ruling means that a legal cloak of secrecy covers some of the roughly $28 million in unpaid sales taxes and penalties collectively owed to state government by nearly 28,000 delinquent payers.
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by seth tupper
march 17, 2019