Internet use tax on ballot for Columbia and Boone County voters

Passage of the internet use tax, which will go before Columbia and Boone County voters April 5, would make purchases from online vendors located outside of the state subject to the same sales tax rates as purchases made from local vendors.

Proposition 1, the internet use tax to be considered by voters on the April 5 ballot, comprises two parts: one to impose a Boone County use tax and the other to impose a City of Columbia use tax.

The use tax would make purchases from online vendors located outside of the state subject to the same sales tax rates as purchases made from local vendors. 

The city use tax would be 2%, equal to the sales tax already imposed within city limits.

The county use tax would be at the rate of 1.75%.

If both are passed, residents living within Columbia city limits would be subject to both taxes for a combined rate of 3.75%.

The city and county taxes both will appear on the ballot for those living within city limits. Non-Columbia residents of Boone County will vote only on the county tax.

Neither the city nor the county currently collect a use tax.

Residents would never have to pay both use and sales taxes on the same purchase.

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