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By Rodger Nichols
For The Sentinel 

State starts charging Oregon shoppers sales tax


A bill that changed the limits on sales tax exemptions for Oregonians shopping in Washington took effect Monday. Thanks to ESSB 5997, Oregon residents will no longer automatically be free of Washinton's 6.5 percent sales tax at the cash register. Instead, they'll need to submit an annual application to Washington asking for reimbursement of sales taxes they've paid in excess of $25. By keeping the first $25 worth of sales tax and by requiring a document be submitted, the state estimated it would generate more than $53 million in additional revenue over the next biennium, primarily from people who would fail to follow through.

The bill, passed by both the Washington House and Senate and...

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