Changes to Taxes, New Laws Take Effect July 1 in Indiana

On July 1, new laws are set to take effect, including new rules for animals trapped in cars, a raise the gasoline tax, and the online sales tax.

Taxes

The gas tax will be raised by 10 cents per gallon just as holiday travel begins on the weekend before July 4.
A sales tax will now have to be charged online for retailers even if they do not have a physical location in the state.

Retailers with Indiana sales exceeding $100,000 or making more than 200 transactions per year have to collect sales tax.

Animals in Hot Cars

Starting July 1, someone can break a car window if an animal appears to be in distress. However, someone must have called 911 first.

Many lawmakers were concerned people may take advantage of this law by attempting theft.

The person who breaks the window could be forced to pay 50% of the cost of the damage.

Domestic Violence Victims and Handguns

A new law allows victims of domestic violence to carry a handgun without a license for 60 days if the victim has a protective order against the alleged abuser.

Synthetic Urine

A new law makes the sale of synthetic urine illegal.

It's been illegal to use fake urine to falsify a drug test. However, the fake urine could still be legally sold.

Drones

One new law will prohibit the use of drones for voyeurism or to harass someone.
It will also punish sex offenders who use drones inappropriately or those attempting to interfere with police or emergency responders.

(This story was originally published on June 30, 2017) 


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