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Boy, were we duped big time by the state’s failure to ensure that the Sales Tax Refund would be simple for Oregonians to apply.

The original Special Notice (Page 2) dated May 31, 2019, included the following statements: “BUYERS. They should keep their receipts to submit with their refund request.”

“REFUND requests. The refund request must include copies of receipts and proof of qualified nonresidency.”

Simple enough for most, but here is what ensued — a bureaucratic minefield with a host of changes. The regulations now stipulate the following: “Eligibility requirements Copies of receipts with the eligible purchases circled.”

“Before you apply, create electronic copies of receipts with eligible charges circled."

Apply online (Here one must click on log in. Then sign up, etc., etc.

Then after a number of registration requirements it requires under “Receipt Information” the following: …..enter the following information for each receipt. Purchase date, purchase location, seller’s name, receipt number, list of items purchased, and purchase price (before tax).

Simple?! This alone is enough to ensure that this family highly considers other alternatives when shopping in Southwest Washington.

Paul Nys

Rainier

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