21 October 2009
Part of my job is to add sales tax to orders that we ship across the good old USA.
I see all different types of rates for different states and the variegates within states, counties and towns.
Most places are a constant 6 or 7%, usually an accepted rate in America.
But lately I've been seeing that number creep upward in the normally suspect areas - blue (liberal states), which we've come to expect almost.
At first I noticed areas that moved into the 8% range. Then the same areas almost overnight it seemed jumped into the 9% range. And especially now with the economy still doing poorly, I don't understand how this is beneficial.
Today, I noticed a community that crossed the threshold into the 10% range. And not just 10% or slightly over it.
Graham, Washington now has a sales tax rate of 10.6%.
Remind me never to move there, let alone visit.
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