SALES TAX

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In January, Amazon started collecting sales tax on online purchases made in Unalaska — a move that took residents and city officials by surprise.

KUCB's Laura Kraegel has more on the development that's expected to put new revenue in city coffers by the end of the month.

"So, let's see," says Vic Fisher, pulling up an Amazon receipt on his phone. "Where is 'My Orders'?"

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Update: Before the Alaska Municipal League could complete its study, Amazon started collecting sales tax on online purchases made in Unalaska. For more on that development, click here.  

The Unalaska City Council wants more information before it decides whether to tax local purchases from online retailers like Amazon.

That's why councilors voted last week to contribute $5,000 to the Alaska Municipal League (AML).

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Update: Before the Alaska Municipal League could complete its study, Amazon started collecting sales tax on online purchases made in Unalaska. For more on that development, click here.  

How can Alaska municipalities collect sales tax on online purchases?

That’s a question the Alaska Municipal League (AML) has been working on since the 2018 U.S. Supreme Court decision South Dakota v. Wayfair, Inc.

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Following a failed ballot measure, the City of Unalaska wo​n’t raise its sales tax on alcohol, tobacco, or marijuana.

City officials made the announcement Friday, after canvassing about 70 outstanding ballots from the municipal election.

The final count showed 53 percent of voters rejected the City Council’s proposal to hike the tax from three to six percent. That means the measure was defeated by just 35 votes.

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City officials have released the final results of Unalaska’s municipal election, after canvassing absentee and questioned ballots.

The official data shows that voters narrowly rejected a proposal to double the local sin tax. It also confirms all preliminary results for the City Council and school board races.

The City Council is expected to certify election results on Tuesday night.

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