Residents cost Washington millions buying sales-tax-free Oregon, online productson April 26, 2012 @ 6:13 am (Updated: 7:19 am - 4/26/12 )
Even if you're just buying a flat-screen TV, you're supposed to pay a "user tax" equivalent to what you'd pay if you bought it here.
"If you're sending kids to school, and expect police protection, and other services, maybe you should think about paying your fair share for those things," said Mike Gowerylow, with the Washington Department of Revenue. "When you take off and buy stuff from out of state to avoid the tax, you're not paying your fair share."
The state Department of Revenue says they can track items like cars or boats because you have to license them in this state. But the rest is on the honor system.
"We have no way of tracking what individuals are buying, nor do I think individuals would appreciate very much if they were being tailed by revenue agents to the Costco parking lot in Jantzen Beach and back," said Gowerylow.
He said the state is also losing $450 million a year to online shopping.
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