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May 16, 2014

Okla. House passes military base sales tax

OKLAHOMA CITY — The Oklahoma House has narrowly passed legislation that authorizes sales taxes to be collected from civilians who purchase products from private-sector vendors on military bases.

The House approved the measure Wednesday by a vote of 51-42 — the minimum number required to pass legislation in the 101-member House. The Senate last month voted 39-0 for the measure that now goes to Gov. Mary Fallin to be signed into law.

Currently, purchases from private vendors on military bases are exempt from sales taxes. The bill’s author, Rep. Mike Jackson of Enid, says the bill requires a change in local sales tax ordinances, plus the approval of the U.S. military, before taxes are collected.

Jackson says purchases by active-duty and retired military personnel will remain exempt.

Online: House Bill 3143: http://bit.ly/REN5Dp.

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