HARRISBURG, Pa – When it came time last year to move his family back to Pennsylvania from North Carolina to care for aging relatives, Jeffrey Sutton bought a larger truck to haul their belongings.
Sutton never realized a bigger truck would leave him with a bigger tax bill once he returned to the Keystone State a few months after buying it. But that’s what happened when he went to get his new license plate.
Even though Sutton paid North Carolina’s 4.75 percent sales tax on the truck, Pennsylvania law requires he pay the difference between the two state’s rates. Pennsylvania has a 6 percent sales and use tax, so Sutton had to fork over about a grand to make up the gap, he said.
“That’s double taxation,” Sutton said.