District Of Columbia Creates Refundable Retailer Credit, Increases Sales Tax Rates and More
Recently, District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser signed the “Fiscal Year 2019 Budget Support Congressional Review Emergency Act of 2018” (the Act). The emergency legislation closely resembles the provisions contained in the “Fiscal Year 2019 Budget Support Act of 2018”, which was sent to Congress for review. The Act’s more consequential provisions include: 1) an increase to the general sales tax rate; 2) a refundable credit for retailers; 3) clarification that the 20% business income deduction established under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act will not be allowed for District residents; and 4) an increase to the tax rate for private ride-hailing services.
The Act increased the general sales and use tax rate to 6% from 5.75%. Other significant sales and use tax rate increases include:
- The rate for transient accommodations increased to 10.20% from 10.05%.
- The rate for the sale of alcoholic beverages increased to 10.25% from 10%.
- The vehicle rental rate increased to 9.25% from 9.0%.
Businesses should review the various tax increases that went into effect in the District of Columbia on October 1, 2018 to determine the impact on their business operations.
Contractors that issued fixed fee or lumpsum contracts where their purchases for supplies were not completed before October 1, will be charged the new rate. Contractors should review their contracts to see if they can pass the increase on to their customers.
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