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Oklahoma Collects More Use Tax

Nov 27, 2019
According to the U.S. Department of Commerce, internet purchases accounted for 14.3% of retail sales nationwide in 2018. That was up from 12.9% in 2017 and from 11.6% in 2016. Nearly $685 million was collected by Oklahoma in use tax in fiscal year 2019.
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As online shopping grows, "use taxes," or taxes on goods shipped across state lines, are becoming more important to the state's economy. For years, Oklahoma wasn't getting as much revenue from use tax, but that is changing, according to recent reports.  Journal Record editor Russell Ray discusses why use tax is essential, as well as the Supreme Court case and state legislation that brought the state $685 million in use tax revenue last year. 

Travelers have drinks at a bar inside Will Rogers World Airport in Oklahoma City.
Brent Fuchs / Journal Record

Oklahoma’s new alcohol laws take effect in October, but how drinks will be taxed is still up in the air.

State Sen. Stephanie Bice, R-Oklahoma City, has filed legislation that would eliminate a 13.5 percent tax on full strength beer, wine  and drinks with spirits purchased at restaurants and bars, and replace it with a 6.5 percent alcohol tax at the distribution level.

Jeff Raymond / Oklahoma Watch

Former state Rep. Dan Kirby, R-Tulsa, was left with a sizable campaign nest egg after his fourth re-election last November.

But Kirby wouldn’t have the chance to spend the $42,416 in leftover campaign funds for another run. He resigned just months after his election following an investigation into sexual-harassment allegations against him.