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  1. Winslow P. Kelpfroth says:

    Good article, but could have been improved by pointing out that, although services are exempt from the retail sales tax, they are subject to the business and occupations tax, currently the second largest source of revenue for the state.

    • EOI says:

      Businesses that sell goods are also subject to the B&O tax, so there’s no difference there, save perhaps for the exact B & O tax rate, which varies by sector/industry.

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