June 24, 2017

This time Lyft, not Uber, is accused of wage theft

lyft amp in windshield
Image Courtesy of Lyft

The New York State sales tax and BCF surcharge are listed as “surcharge” deductions from the driver’s pay on interstate trips—the exact same way they are listed on New York City to New York City trips. This has been a bad couple of weeks for relations between ride-hail companies and their drivers.

Late last month Uber admitted that it had been underpaying New York City drivers for two and a half years—an admission that came nearly a year after the issue was first raised in a lawsuit by the New York City Taxi Workers Alliance.

And earlier this week, a different labor group accused Lyft of charging state sales tax on interstate trips and keeping the money, even though no tax is supposed to be charged for trips that end outside of New York. The group, along with Assembly member Robert Rodriguez, called on state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman to investigate.

There was, at least, a silver lining for Uber. After months of nearly nonstop bad news for the ride-hail giant, it’s in the clear on this issue: Uber used to collect sales tax on interstate trips simply because its system was designed to include the fee. But the company turned over […]

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