SEATTLE – The Washington state Department of Revenue says it still has to remind some restaurants and bars in King County to stop collecting the half-percent tax meant to pay for Safeco Field – a tax which ended nearly six months ago.
The King County food and beverage sales tax was imposed in 1996 to help cover construction of the Seattle Mariners home stadium. The bonds were paid off Oct. 1, ending the need for the tax.
The department said it’s getting reports that some businesses are still collecting it. The total sales tax they collect now should be 8.6 percent to 9.5 percent, depending on their location.
The state suggested that some businesses may simply have not gotten the word or failed to update their cash registers.
Businesses that have inadvertently charged the food and beverage tax are being instructed to refund the money to customers upon request.
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