Sales Tax Tokens: a post in honor of April 15th

Did you know people could pay their sales tax with tokens at one time in Arizona history?  According to the April/May 1999 issue of Arizona Tax News, “The use of sales tax tokens was authorized by Chapter 77, Laws of 1935.  In 1954, when Arizona’s tax statutes were recodified, the entire sales tax token authorization portion was dropped from the code, in effect repealing it.”

The  Arizona Department of Revenue online publication also noted the tokens were in “1-mill and 5-mill denominations and were made of copper brass, zinc and aluminum” and manufactured by Osborn Register Company of Cincinnati, Ohio.   The surplus was sold at a May 1965 public auction for $2,312.20.

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