SALEM:  changing ‘hidden sales tax’ in Legislature

SALEM: changing ‘hidden sales tax’ in Legislature

Efforts by Republicans in the Oregon Legislature to amend the gross receipts tax bill being put forward by Democrats failed this week. Republicans call gross receipts tax a “hidden sales tax.”

The tax will apply to all businesses in Oregon recording incomes of more than $1 million per year. However, those taxes won’t be seen on a receipt when you buy something, which is why Republicans gave it the nickname.

Republicans tried to pass a measure out of committee which would have exempted certain essential items from the tax, including baby care products, feminine hygiene products, soap, over-the-counter medications, and toilet paper.

The Democrats, who hold a supermajority, defeated the bill.