State Sen. Roger Thompson has been named to serve as the Oklahoma State Senate’s representative to the Streamlined Multi-Sales and Use Tax Agreement Governing Board. Thompson was appointed to the board by Senate President Pro Tempore Mike Schulz.
The purpose of the governing board is to administer and operate the Streamlined Sales and Use Tax Agreement with the objective of simplifying and modernizing sales and use tax administration in order to reduce the burden of tax compliance. It focuses on improving sales and use tax administration systems for all sellers and for all types of commerce. According to the Oklahoma Tax Commission, there are 24 states that have fully adopted the simplification measures in the agreement, including Oklahoma.
“Senator Thompson serves as chair of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Finance, the committee which deals with most legislation dealing with tax law,” said Schulz, R-Altus. “He’s done an outstanding job with that committee, working diligently to develop an in-depth understanding of a very complex area of law, and doing it in a relatively short period of time. He will bring that expertise to the table as a member of the Streamlined Multi-Sales and Use Tax Agreement Governing Board.”
The administrative duties of the board including insuring the member state’s compliance with the terms of the agreement, making amendments to the agreement as deemed necessary, and issuing interpretive and procedural rules.
This week Thompson was presented with the Oklahoma Farm Bureau 100 Percent Club award for his support of farmers, ranchers and rural Oklahoma during the 2016 legislative session.
“This honor is presented to those legislators who stand with Farm Bureau in its core mission of improving the lives of rural Oklahoma,” said Tom Buchanan, OKFB president. “We’re grateful to these state lawmakers for their leadership and service at the state Capitol.”
Thompson received the award for a 100 percent voting record on Farm Bureau-supported legislation during the 2016 legislative session.
Legislators were scored on four pieces of legislation which included aiding the extermination of feral swine, increasing penalties for cattle theft, easing restrictions on prescribed agricultural burns, and granting driver’s licenses to temporary H-2A agricultural workers.
In honor of the award, Thompson received a OKFB 100 Percent Club coin to display in his office at the state Capitol.