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What about sales tax from out-of-state purchases? eg: when you're travelling. I thought I heard that that sales tax could be reimbursed in some way, due to a similar reason to mail order/internet sales not be taxed when buying from a company that does not have a physical presence in your state.

Or just another rumor?

Just another rumor. In fact, just the opposite is true. Many states impose a "use" tax which is equivalent to their sales tax. It is imposed on out-of-state purchases brought into the state which have not been taxed elsewhere (or taxed at a lower rate). Credit is given for sales tax paid to another state, but any shortfall is due to the resident state. Most states that impose a use tax include it as a line on the income tax return, the premise being that the declaration you sign at the bottom of the return claims that the return is accurate and complete. If you have out-of-state (or internet) purchases and ignore the use tax, as many do, you have committed perjury.

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