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Kansas Cabela Store Issuing Sales Tax Refunds


Another oops in the annals of sales tax compliance. First, South Carolina retailers unwittingly overcharged sales tax to their customers after failing to update their registers with a sales tax rate change. Now,  a new Kansas-based Cabela’s charges a sales tax that should have been in effect, but “Wichita City Hall neglected to notify the state on time that it created a special sales tax district to spur the Cabela’s development.”

The Wichita Eagle reports, “Cabela’s Wichita officials are issuing refunds for a 1.2 percent sales tax erroneously charged in the first 12 days of the store’s operation when a community improvement district [CID] was not legally triggered.”

The tax was an important part of bringing Cabela’s into Wichita, Kansas. Wes Remmer, company spokesman for Cabela’s says, “The CID was one component of a complex process. There was goodwill throughout the process from all parties involved, and we’re grateful for the partnership of the city of Wichita.”

Unfortunately, the failure of City Hall to notify the state delays the revenue intended to finance Cabela’s construction and the completion of a nearby roadway to ensure traffic can reach the store. Collection of the tax is now delayed until July 1.

Refunds will be provided to customers who shopped the new store between its opening on March 11 and March 23. Customers should bring their receipts into the store to verify they were charged the additional sales tax in order to receive their refund.

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Susan McLain
Avalara Author Susan McLain
Susan McLain began her career as a technical writer in technology industries such as satellite networking and medical devices. Her skills encompass technical and marketing writing, usability engineering, verification and validation testing and protocol writing, requirements development, business analysis, technical illustration/graphic design and marketing. She has owned her own business providing service to small to medium sized business and in other positions, she has been in project management, documentation and marketing. She is currently the content specialist for Avalara helping to “make sales tax less taxing.”