Sandoval pays 30-cent tax for online purchase

Joyce Lupiani

Sandoval pays 30-cent tax for online purchase

CREATED May. 9, 2012

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) -- The cufflinks Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval found online for $3.99 were a bargain he couldn't refuse -- even with 30 cents added for sales tax.

Online retailers based primarily out-of-state aren't required to collect and turn over sales tax, while brick-and-mortar stores are. Buyers instead are supposed to voluntarily pay the tax but rarely do.

Sandoval on Tuesday told reporters of his 30-cent tax payment and reiterated his support for Congress to allow states to collect interstate sales tax.

The Republican governor recently struck a deal with online retailer Amazon to begin collecting Nevada sales tax in 2014, a move officials say could bring in about $18 million annually.

As for the cufflinks, Sandoval saved himself the cost of a 45-cent stamp, sending in his tax payment by interoffice mail.