ND House says no to exempting thrift stores from sales tax

The North Dakota House defeats a bill to a clothing sales tax break to nonprofit thrift stores. There are 41 thrift stores operated by nonprofits in North Dakota. Money raised through sales in those stores goes toward specific causes. Supporters say it’s not right to tax clothing twice.

Representative Jessica Haak, a Democrat from Jamestown, says farm machinery is not taxed if sold a second time. Those who oppose the bill say it’s unfair tax policy because the bill only applies to nonprofit thrift stores.

“It’s not good tax policy for North Dakota to allow one business on one side of the street a tax exemption when the other one was not provided that same exemption,” said Rep. Craig Headland, (R) of Montpelier.

Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com. In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters. He writes a weekly column for several North Dakota newspapers, and also serves as a policy fellow for the North Dakota Policy Council.

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