Say you're in the market for some Idaho items, like a Spuddy Buddy beanie or a state Capitol T-shirt, to send to far-off relatives. The state Capitol Giftshop is making it easy now - it's online; you can shop it here. Prices include shipping. Asked if the shop charges sales tax on online sales, capitol staffer Robyn Lockett said, “Yes we do,” prompting appreciative laughter from the Legislative Council. Lawmakers have been reluctant to enact any legislation to participate in a multi-state effort working toward online sales taxes, but Idaho already requires people to pay sales tax on online sales - if they don't pay it when they buy, they're supposed to report it and pay it on their income tax forms.
Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.
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