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North Dakota Considers, Rejects Clothing Exemption


 Would more people buy Christmas sweaters if they were exempt from sales tax?

Democratic Senator George Sinner and Republican Senator Jonathon Casper of North Dakota think clothing should be exempt from sales tax. They have introduced legislation that would do just that.

Senate Bill 2223 made it to the floor but failed to pass. To exempt clothing one must define it, which can be complicated. Furthermore, a clothing exemption could cost North Dakota as much as $40 million in revenue in just two years.

27 senators opposed the bill; yet 20 senators were in favor of it. It may therefore be resurrected at some point. Indeed, two similar measures were introduced in the North Dakota Senate in recent sessions, though both also failed.

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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.