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Vermont Ad Incites Controversy

  • Dec 17, 2012 | Gail Cole

An ad in Vermont has people talking.

Super PAC Vermonters First has released an ad that the Vermont Democrats are calling "deliberately misleading."

The ad is entitled "Expansion of Vermont Sales Tax", and according to a press release from Vermont Democrats, it "incorrectly claims that Vermont Democrats will expand our state's sales tax to include services." 

Vermont Public Radio quotes Tayt Brooks, the head of Vermonters First, as saying "it's important to get a message out there to provide some balance to the conversation in regards to the issues facing Vermonters."

Vermont Democratic Party Chair Jake Perkinson has said "Vermont Democratic Leadership never put forward a bill to expand taxes in this way."

However, the General Assembly of the State of Vermont has signed into law H 782, which includes the creation of a Study Committee on Sales Tax.  "The committee shall study how to make the Vermont's sales and use tax more sustainable and equitable in light of Vermont's changing economy. Specifically, the committee shall consider … the feasibility of taxing services more broadly than under current law."

One thing seems clear: talk of taxes gets attention in Vermont.

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Gail Cole
Avalara Author
Gail Cole
Gail Cole
Avalara Author Gail Cole
Gail began researching and writing about sales tax in 2012 and has been fascinated with it ever since. She has a penchant for uncovering unusual tax facts, and endeavors to make complex sales tax laws more digestible for both experts and laypeople.