The number of changes states have made to sales tax has decreased for the fourth year in a row according to Vetex’s 2012 Sales Tax Report. Average state sales tax stayed at 5.488% from 2011 to 2012. States with the highest sales tax of 7% are Indiana, Mississippi, New Jersey, Rhode Island, and Tennessee.
“The Ohio Department of Taxation has reminded taxpayers that the consumer’s use tax amnesty program ends May 1, 2013. Eligible companies may qualify to pay past liability and avoid penalty and interest. A company that is behind on consumer’s use tax payments and has not received an assessment notice may qualify for amnesty. An application must be postmarked by May 1 in order to be considered.”
Gov. Mark Dayton has dropped his controversial sales tax on business services after enduring strong critisism. Opponents of the tax said that it would take jobs away from Minnesota. He has instead focused on an increase in income tax for the wealthiest 2% of Minnesotans, and is considering an increase in tobacco tax.