KING 5 story prompts changes in tax policy at Cabela's

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by DREW MIKKELSEN / KING 5 News

NWCN.com

Posted on January 12, 2011 at 6:11 PM

Updated Thursday, Jan 13 at 7:28 AM

OLYMPIA, Wash. -- A KING 5 News story has prompted the outdoor outfitter Cabela's to make a change in its sales tax policy.

Ryan Urban of Bremerton contacted KING 5 News after he claimed he was charged sales tax on candy and bottled water at the Lacey Cabela's store in December.

Washington's sales tax on water and candy was overturned by voters in November. Retailers were not supposed to charge customers those taxes after December 2, 2010.

KING 5 News went into the store Wednesday morning and bought candy and bottled water for ourselves, and were also charged the sales tax. That receipt was shown to the Department of Revenue, who said the tax should not have been that high.

After the Department of Revenue looked at the Cabela's receipt, a spokesperson contacted Cabela's corporate office in Kansas.

According to the revenue spokesperson, Cabela's agreed to look into possible programming errors, and said any mistakes would be fixed within 24 hours.

The Department of Revenue said customers who may have erroneously charged the tax, should contact the store for refunds.

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