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Governor is among 20,000 Vermonters to receive use tax letter

MONTPELIER — Vermont Gov. Phil Scott is among the 20,000 Vermonters to receive a notice from the Department of Taxes warning that they may owe the state money from the oft-ignored use tax. Rebecca Kelley, the Republican governor’s spokeswoman, confirmed to the Vermont Press Bureau Thursday that Scott recently received the letter. The state’s Tax Department sent the notices to thousands of Vermonters hoping to boost compliance with the 6 percent tax due on online and out-of-state purchases that were not subject to the state’s sales tax at the time of purchase. “He did receive one of the use tax letters from the Tax Department,” she said. “It shows you that there was no bias in who the letters were sent to.”

The governor, Kelley said, does not believe he owes any outstanding use tax. Continue Reading →

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State officials warn of potential scammers

BARRE — Attorney General T.J. Donovan and other state officials are urging Vermonters to be vigilant against scammers as the state and federal tax filing deadline nears. Donovan joined Vermont Tax Commissioner Kaj Samsom and others at a news conference at Capstone Community Action in Barre Monday to raise awareness of tax scams. The most common, Donovan said, is callers pretending to be from the Internal Revenue Service seeking back taxes owed to the federal government. Such scams increase as the annual tax filing deadline approaches, he said. “March Madness is over. The April reality check is upon us. Continue Reading →

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