Change in Washington sales tax impacts Oregon shoppers

(Information from: The Columbian,

VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) — Washington state consumers have long traveled to Oregon to take advantage of its lack of sales tax, but a recent change to state law reveals how much Washington businesses have likewise relied on Oregon clientele.

The Columbian reports soon after the Washington state sales tax exemption was changed, some businesses see a drop in sales.

For decades, Don Thompson has sold furniture at America the Beautiful Dreamer. During that time, he’s seen Oregon and Washington customers at his Orchards, Washington, store.

But over the summer, some customers from across the Columbia River suddenly declined to make purchases because shopping at his store had become more expensive.

The change to state law makes it difficult for residents of states with no sales tax, such as Oregon, to get an exemption to Washington’s sales tax.