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More Canadians qualify for sales tax exemption

British Columbia visitors will become eligible July 1 for a non-resident sales tax exemption on goods purchased in Washington but intended for use outside the state.

The province recently changed its tax structure in a way that allows residents to claim the exemption. Ontario also made the change.

To get the exemption, visitors must show proof of identity, such as a driver’s license, to the Washington seller, who must record information that would support the exemption in case of a tax audit.

Residents of other Canadian provinces are already eligible for the exemption.

Five states, including Alaska, Oregon, Montana, Delaware and New Hampshire, seven other Canadian provinces, and four U.S. possessions already qualify for this exemption.

Bert Caldwell
Bert Caldwell oversees production of the opinion pages, including writing editorials, and editing and selecting letters, columns and cartoons.