Why the Tax Man Cometh

September 7, 2017

Earlier this week, VTDigger reported that Vermont's tax department was sending about 20,000 letters to Vermonters notifying them that they may owe use tax, an often-ignored tax on some out-of-state or online purchases.

Kaj Samsom, Vermont's tax commissioner, said that fewer than a quarter of residents pay the use tax they legally owe the state. That's why his department is setting out to "change the culture" around the tax.

Readers quickly responded with a range of questions: When is this tax supposed to apply? How did the department choose who would receive these notices? What personal data are vendors obligated to share with the state under new tax law? In this week's podcast, Kaj Samsom responds.