Efforts are ongoing to collect sales tax from ride-hailing companies Uber and Lyft that are now operating in Juneau.
Alaska state law narrowly defines how local governments can regulate transportation network companies , or TNCs.
Cities are legally able to collect sales tax, city attorney Amy Mead said.
“What we’re hoping for is that the TNCs will work with us to figure out some process so that the sales tax can be paid,” she said. “So that they can ensure that the drivers are properly registered and they can facilitate enforcing our code.”
Representatives from Uber and Lyft confirmed Tuesday that the companies are in talks with city officials.
“We have been communicating regularly with Juneau city officials in an effort to find a tax collection solution that works for all parties involved,” Uber’s Alaska representative David Williams said in a statement. “We look forward to addressing this issue collaboratively.”Finance Director Bob Bartholomew said the city taxes the gross fare, which includes the company’s commission. How exactly the companies and drivers split the tax burden isn’t the city’s responsibility.“We don’t know how they are working it mechanically, that’s what they […]