Old tax makes new appearance on forms

Saturday, February 7th 2004, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

Oklahomans will find a new line on their tax forms this year, but it doesn't represent a new tax.

The income tax forms have been changed to include the use tax. It's an often overlooked tax that has existed since 1937.

The tax is on items bought out of state on which sales tax was not paid.

Oklahoma Tax Commission spokeswoman Paula Ross says many people mistake the tax as being a new Internet tax. But it also includes purchases made from catalogs and shopping networks.

Last year, the state collected 92-and-a-half (m) million dollars in use tax, mostly from businesses.

Adding the line was one of Governor Henry's measure to bring in more tax revenue.

Ross says she expects the added line to bring in 450-thousand dollars in revenue each year.