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A variety of vehicles are pictured Wednesday in the lot outside Mills Ford Lincoln Mercury Jeep south of Willmar. Managers at the dealership say they have seen a recent boost in sales thanks to a special federal tax break signed by the president. The legislation allows taxpayers who buy a new passenger vehicle to deduct state and local sales and excise taxes paid on the purchase on their tax returns next year. Tribune photo by Gary Miller

Special tax break boosts new car sales locally

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WILLMAR -- A special tax break is boosting sales of new cars, say managers at Willmar car dealerships.

Mills Ford Lincoln Mercury Jeep customers have said they're buying a new vehicle because of the new tax break, says Jeff Smith, general manager.

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"It's probably about another 50 percent increase (in sales) just because of that,'' he said.

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