Nevada panel Oks reg to tax complimentary meals
CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) -- The Nevada Tax Commission has approved a regulation to tax complimentary patron and employee meals provided by casinos, restaurants and other establishments.
On a 5-2 vote, the commission Monday sent the regulation to the Legislative Commission for final approval.
The move comes over the objection of casinos and other groups, who argued that the regulation should be delayed until the Nevada Supreme Court can weigh in on the matter. Lawsuits over the tax collection are pending.
In 2008, the Nevada Supreme Court struck down imposing a use tax on free meals but left unresolved the question of whether such meals are subject to sales tax. Since then, casinos around the state have petitioned for refunds of those use taxes totaling hundreds of millions of dollars.