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Wash. requires new permits for avoiding sales tax

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TACOMA, Wash. - Thousands of Washington businesses will be affected by a change in the way the state collects sales taxes from retailers.

The Department of Revenue says state and local governments have been missing out on more than $100 million a year in unpaid sales taxes.

Thousands of businesses that operated under an honor system will now be required to get a reseller permit to avoid taxes until items are sold.

The new rules take effect next January, but notices about the change will be mailed out during the next few months to about 190,000 retail businesses and the permits will be issued this fall.

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