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Department of Revenue Resumes Tax Collection Activities

Submitted by rebecca on July 15, 2010 – 11:17 amNo Comment

Press Release: July 13

From the Department of Revenue

CHEYENNE, Wyo. – The Department of Revenue has immediately resumed its tax collection activities after it completed a review of the department’s collection efforts at temporary events held throughout the state. 

The decision comes after reviewing the circumstances surrounding an incident that occurred at a gun show in Pine Bluffs earlier this year, when a Department field representative had an altercation with a vendor.  Opinions and accounts of what occurred differ, but mistakes may have been made.  As a result of this incident, the Department temporarily suspended collection efforts until such time as it was able to review the incident and department collection policies. 

The Department has instructed its field representatives to maintain positive interactions with vendors and to work more closely with event sponsors to insure that participants receive the tax returns required to report and remit taxes which must be collected at these events.  The packets provided to vendors consist of complete instructions on how to comply with Wyoming’s sales tax collection and reporting requirements.  Field representatives will be available to answer vendor questions courteously regarding the reporting forms. 

It is important to note that nothing has changed regarding the taxability of sales made in the state of Wyoming.  All retail sales of products and certain services in Wyoming have been taxable since the enactment of the Selective Sales and Use Tax Act of 1937.  The Department has limited resources, so it sends its field representatives to various craft shows, gun shows, fairs, rodeos and other similar commercially-sponsored events to hand out temporary sales tax forms. 

Questions have arisen about the taxability of sales made at garage sales.  Nothing in Wyoming Statutes specifically exempts sales made at these events but it is practical impossibility for the Department to monitor such events.

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