I recently took my first trip to the northwest coast and was pleasantly surprised to find no sales tax in the state of Oregon—so of course I bought as many new clothes as I could carry back with me to Colorado. You too can take advantage of this if you move to the northwestern United States, only it gets better. If you move to the border of the states of Oregon and Washington you can save all sorts of money on taxes—because Washington has no income and lower home prices.
Though Oregon has one of the highest income tax rates in the country, the state currently has no sales tax. This means that you can shop for clothing and food to your heart’s desire without paying a penny over the listed price once you get to the register.
Interestingly, though not surprisingly, this has led to a huge increase in alcohol sales on the Oregon side of the Washington/Oregon border. In addition to alcohol, it is also really valuable to travel to places without sales taxes and purchase high value items—like electronics and other goods that tend to be pricier—because you can save a whole lot of money just by not paying this sales tax.
Residents of Washington, on the other hand, while paying sales tax pay no income tax and far lower house prices than their neighbors in Oregon. Meaning that if you were to live and pay taxes in the state of Washington, but do all of your shopping in Oregon, you could cut yourself a huge tax break simply by commuting between the two states.
If you’re looking to move somewhere and simultaneously save yourself a lot of money down the line, the Washington/Oregon border is definitely a place worth looking into. It is also one of the more beautiful parts of the country in terms of both nature and art.
What do you think? Would you be willing to move to the northwest coast in order to save money on taxes? Or do you live in another border area that has similar benefits for consumers?
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