Tag Archives: Sales Tax

Isn’t This a $20 Million to $50 Million Tax Hike?

Isn’t This a $20 Million to $50 Million Tax Hike?

“North Dakota collected $750,000 more in new online sales taxes since late June, when the Supreme Court ruled states could require online retailers to collect and remit their sales taxes,” my colleague Helmut Schmidt reported over the holiday break. His article casts this number in a positive light. Certainly the people quotes are happy about

North Dakota Sales Tax Revenues up Nearly 10 Percent in 2018’s First Quarter, but the Increases Were Mostly in Oil Country

With lawmakers probably looking at more budget belt tightening in their 2019 session which begins in January news of increased tax revenues is very welcome. That’s exactly the news we got today from Tax Commissioner Ryan Rauschenberger’s office. “Taxable sales and purchases for January, February and March 2018 were nearly $4.1 billion, a 9.55 percent

Podcast: Tax Commissioner Says Enforcing State Sales Tax on Online Shopping Could Be Challenging

On my radio show today Republican Tax Commissioner Ryan Rauschenberger said his office has spent “hundreds of hours getting ready” to apply the state sales tax to out-of-state online retailers should the Supreme Court rule that sort of policy legal. Earlier this week SCOTUS did just that, but Rauschenberger admits that enforcing the law may

State Sales Tax Revenues Miss Forecast by More Than $40 Million in January

North Dakota keeps revising its revenue forecasts down, and actual revenue collections keep coming in even lower. It’s a reality that’s complicating the Legislature’s efforts to budget for the next biennium. While revenue collections are still coming in ahead of pre-oil boom levels, biennium to date, nobody seems certain about where the floor is for

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North Dakota Lost Nearly $2 Billion In Taxable Sales During Third Quarter Of 2015

“Taxable sales and purchases were $5.763 billion for July, August and September of 2015, a drop of nearly 25 percent over those months in 2014,” the press release from North Dakota Tax Commissioner Ryan Rauschenberger’s office states. That’s ugly, though Rauschenberger puts a positive spin on the numbers by pointing out that we’re still up

City Debt Triples As Minot Voters Consider $88 Million Rec Center

Here’s some local news for you Minot area readers. As you know I’m not a big fan of the Minot Park District’s proposed $88 million recreation center and water park, called the MARC or Minot Area Recreation Center. It was proposed in January and rushed to the ballot. Voters will decide its fate tomorrow (here’s

Video: Senator George Sinner Accuses Republicans Of Partisanship Over Sales Tax Bill

State Senator George Sinner, a Demcorat from Fargo, introduced SB2223 to exempt clothing from the sales tax. Originally the bill also would have provided an appropriation from the state to replace local sales tax revenues lost as a result of the exemption. Today an amended version of the bill came to the floor for approval,

James Kerian: The Party Matters

North Dakota conservatives often complain that we don’t get much for the Republicans holding every office in Bismarck that is elected on the state wide ballot and a supermajority in both houses of the state legislature. Spending at the state level has grown astronomically. The crony capitalism of targeted sales and property tax exemptions has