Use tax vs. sales tax debated in Avon

By John LaConte

AVON — Years ago, voters in town rejected a “use tax,” or a tax on goods purchased outside of town to be used within town.And while that bans the town from collecting a use tax, it doesn’t cover the use tax’s fraternal twin, the sales tax. The U.S. Supreme Court has differentiated between the two in McLeod v. J.E. Dilworth Co., as town attorney Eric Heil recently pointed out to the Town Council.“A sales tax and use tax in many instances may bring about the same result. But they are different in conception, are assessments upon different transactions, and in …

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