Evidently, back in the 1930’s in the state of Ohio, the answer to that question was “No Thanks!” In 1935 Ohio enacted a state sales tax of 3% . Most of the money was earmarked to support schools. As you might expect, it was greeted with a lack of enthusiasm from most Ohioans.
Retail merchants were not excited about it. After all, the Great Depression had sent our country reeling economically. Adding tax to their goods seemed like an additional insult to their struggling customers. Some just decided to ignore it. How would the state find out if they charged the tax or not? The customers weren’t going to tell.
The State of Ohio had to somehow get this tax going…. it needed the revenue. (Sound familiar?) They decided to issue stamps and sales tax stamps were created. Merchants were required to purchase them and attach them to receipts or at least hand them to the customer each time a tax was charged.
What seemed like a good idea at the time, turned into a nuisance for both the merchant and the customer. Neither wanted to deal with the stamps. So the state of Ohio encouraged everyone to “save” the sales tax stamps. They could be collected and donated to charities or schools. If you saved a bundle of sales tax stamps and turned them back in to the state, they would give you back 3% of the face value of the stamps.
I remember collecting the stamps. Mom had a little jar in the kitchen and we would toss them in the jar and then donate them to the schools or churches.
The stamps were discontinued in the early 1960’s. Sales tax kept going up, too. But that’s another story.