Inslee signs bill changing tax exemption for Oregonians


FILE – In this March 6, 2019 file photo, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee listens as he takes part in a non-partisan panel discussion titled “Foreign Affairs and National Security in the Age of Climate Change” hosted by the University of Washington Jackson School and the American Security Project on the UW campus in Seattle. Inslee […]

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Washington Gov. Jay Inslee has signed a bill that changes how the sales tax exemption for Oregonians shopping in that state works.

Oregon Public Broadcasting reports Wednesday that Oregon residents will no longer be free of Washington’s 6.5% sales tax at the cash register.

Instead, they’ll need to submit an annual application to Washington asking for the reimbursement of sales taxes they’ve paid in excess of $25.

Inslee says that will generate more revenue for Washington state.

Opponents say businesses near the Oregon border will suffer and the law will strain relationships with Oregon lawmakers.

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