South Dakota – Privacy Cloaks Some Sales-Tax Evaders

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