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Nevada voters face tough choices on November 8


 Nevada voters to decide on weighty issues on November 8.

Update 11.11.2016: The sales and use tax exemption for durable medical equipment was approved. Nevadans also voted to expand gun background checks, legalize recreational marijuana, and repeal the death penalty ban. 

Nevada voters must decide on some tough issues on November 8. They’ll be asked to vote for or against the repeal of a law eliminating the death penalty (Referendum 426), and whether or not to legalize the recreational use of marijuana (Question 2). They have to decide if most firearm transfers should go through a licensed gun dealer (Question 1). And they have to decide the fate of a proposed sales and use tax exemption (Question 4).

Should there be a Nevada sales and use tax exemption for durable medical equipment, oxygen delivery equipment, and mobility enhancing equipment prescribed for human use by a licensed health care provider?

Speaking in favor of the exemption back in 2015, Senator Michael Robertson said, “People using such medical devices have had to change their lifestyles. It can be costly, and typically insurance companies do not cover the sales tax on medical equipment. Not everyone has the money or insurance to afford these basic, necessary devices, let alone the sales tax.”

According to the Department of Revenue, it would not require additional resources to implement and administer the exemption should it be approved. However, the full financial impact of the exemption could not be determined, and opponents of the measure argue that it is vaguely worded and “uses the law to provide special privileges to a special-interest group at the expense of everyday taxpayers.”

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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.