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The Daily Ardmoreite
  • Conversion to new sales tax rate is uneven

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  • The change in tax rate has been in place for a month, but for a handful of local businesses, changing the rate has been a mixed result. Ken Campbell, Ardmore City Clerk, said he has received some phone calls about some vendors being slow to change their sales tax rate to 9 percent.
    "One citizen said he had been to two businesses and one charged 9 percent and the other 8.5 percent," Campbell said. "Normally, there is enough talk about it between businesses that they don't wait too long."
    If a business fails to charge the new tax rate, it is still responsible to pay it, which takes profit away from the business.
    Prior to the tax going into effect on April 1, businesses received letters from the Oklahoma Tax Commission informing them of when the rate change would occur.
    "A tax rate change only begins on the first day of a new quarter," Campbell said. "Those dates are Jan. 1, April 1, July 1 and Oct. 1. The Oklahoma Tax Commission must have 60 days before it can start collecting taxes. The commission also sends a letter to the tax collector. This time, we did have some people call. I don't know if they didn't get their letter or we had some forget."
    The tax rate increase was felt throughout Carter County. Two county sales tax questions were approved. One was a ¼-cent sales tax for schools and the other was a ¼-cent sales tax for county roads. A ½-cent sales tax was approved for the City of Ardmore but will not go into effect until the current one expires on September 30.
    At that time, a 1/4-cent sales tax that funds the Ardmore Development Authority will expire, dropping the tax rate to 8.75 percent unless it is renewed.
    Although the two sales taxes have been on the books since April 1, those monies will not be received by the entities for more than two months. Campbell said the taxes should be collected by the state for the month of April by May 15. The revenue must then be sent back to the receiving entity.
    "Normally, we get it around the 10th of the month so it is about a month later after the state receives the taxes," Campbell said.
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