Our family in Rainier has traditionally done all of our shopping as well as other purchases, i.e., gas, etc., in Longview and Kelso.

I fish a lot and supported Bob's Sporting Goods. In other words, anything a family in Longview and Kelso buys locally, we did, too, all the while negotiating "the bridge round trip."

When Washington state lawmakers changed our ability to be exempted from Washington state sales tax at the point of purchase and instead require us to submit proof annually, we dutifully just saved all of our receipts. Shortly after Jan. 1, we researched the methodology Washington requires for reimbursement and were gobsmacked by the complex, onerous process to submit the forms along with the receipts.

For the sake of brevity, I omit the details here. If I were a member of the merchants' association of Cowlitz County, I'd turn to the evidence the Washington State Department of Revenue provided which says it's no big loss to lose Oregon shoppers.

I'm reasonably confident many other Oregon resident shoppers will consider all the alternatives because I can assure you they'll be less inconvenient than the backhanded swipe Washington state now makes to collect taxes. 

Dennis Kenna


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