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Businesses disagree on ‘Net sales tax issue (access required)

On one side, there’s Michael Bunnell, owner of the Boise-based music store The Record Exchange, who sees the nation’s disorganized, haphazard collection of sales taxes from Internet transactions as “unjust” because billions go uncollected from some of the country’s largest ...

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Governor’s Business Summit misses mark

The state Department of Commerce recorded 351 pages worth of testimony from 41 panelists at Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter’s first-ever Business Summit on Aug. 31 and condensed it all down to a list of eight policy recommendations to “improve business ...

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Bill seeks to rein in cities’ use of LIDs

An Idaho House committee will give a full hearing to a bill that would restrict cities’ use of local improvement districts to pay for infrastructure improvements without a vote by taxpayers, including the proposed streetcar project in downtown Boise. Rep. ...

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State tax gap stands at $250 million

Idaho is losing about $250 million per year in taxes owed under current law, including $30 million in sales and use taxes that should be collected as part of transactions on the Internet, according to the Idaho Tax Commission. That ...

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