MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - Vermont taxpayers are finding a new line on their tax forms this year, part of an effort to collect the use tax due on out-of-state and online purchases.
The forms have included a line for taxpayers to enter what they owe on qualified purchases made outside of Vermont, mostly online. A new second line says "Check here to certify that no Use Tax is due."
Vermont Public Radio reports state Tax Commissioner Mary Peterson hopes that will serve to underscore the fact that the tax, which is the equivalent of a sales tax, is due on online and out-of-state-purchases.
Peterson says Vermont has one of the nation's highest compliance rates among states that levy a use tax. But she estimates $39 million in these taxes go unpaid annually.
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