Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
(from Customers and Browsers)
Question: Why do you charge sales tax? I'm from out of state, so why should I have to pay Alaska sales tax? How come the sales tax here is different than in town? How come you tax some stuff and not others.
We collect and remit Kenai Peninsula Borough (KPB) sales tax because we are a legitimate business doing business in the borough. We don't make the rules, but we do try to follow them.
We collect the tax regardless of whether you are from Alaska or somewhere else.
There's no Alaska state sales tax. Anchorage doesn't have a sales tax.
AK Secondhand store is located in the KPB, but outside the city limits. When you shop here at the store, you only pay Kenai Peninsula Borough sales tax. When you buy things within the Soldotna city limits, you pay the borough sales tax plus City of Soldotna sales tax. Kenai, Homer, and some other towns also have city sales tax.
Most things are taxed year round. However, some food items are only taxed during part of the year.
As I write this, July 2009, the Kenai Peninsula Borough sales tax rate is 3%.