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Food Trucks Begin Charging Sales Tax Today

Your food truck fare may be slightly pricier from now on: D.C. food trucks begin collecting 10 percent sales tax today.

Perviously, food trucks paid a flat fee to the D.C. government rather than charge a sales tax. The change is part of new vending regulations passed this year. According to a memorandum in March from the D.C. Office of the Chief FInancial Officer, the new sales tax stream is estimated to generate $3.45 million over the course of four years.

D.C. Food Truck Association executive director and BBQ Bus co-owner Che Ruddell-Tabisola welcomed the sales tax in a statement: "It is a good thing for food trucks to be able to serve as a means to provide additional revenue to the District and another way in which food trucks are contributing to our local economy and community."

Photo by Darrow Montgomery

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