The Vermont Department of Taxes collected $1 million in use taxes since it started an educational campaign this summer, according to Commissioner Kaj Samsom.
A use tax is a tax on non-tax exempt items bought in a tax-free state or online.
Approximately 2,500 Vermonters paid the use tax this year who had not paid it in the last three consecutive years,” Samsom said.
The department sent letters to 18,000 Vermonters this summer informing them about the use tax. Letters were targeted to people who did not have a record of paying it.
“When the Legislature passed Act 73, the Joint Fiscal Office estimated that increased education and compliance efforts in FY18 would yield $1.875 million,” said Samsom. “There are 8 months left in the fiscal year so it looks like we are on track to meet this target, as I expect the 2018 filing season will show continued improvement over prior years.”
The Tax Department gave Vermonters until October 31st to settle up their use tax bill free of penalty fees and interest.