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Bill Seeks To Exempt Tips From Sales Tax

February 14, 2014 State of Wyoming, Teton County No Comments
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If sales tax is not taken out of tips provided to food service workers, why should it be charged on tips for hospitality and lodging workers?  That’s the point of a bill introduced by Teton County Representative Ruth Ann Petroff.  Petroff explained to members of the that  a bill was passed exempting gratuities from sales tax, regardless of whether the gratuity was offered by the customer or invoiced by the seller.  However, she adds, “In the interim, I got a call from the association representing guest ranches with this very problem; and I said ‘well we fixed it – we already passed a bill last year’ but it turns out that the bill that we passed only applied to food service establishments.” Needing a 2/3 majority to be considered during a budget session, the bill received unanimous acceptance.

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