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Chad Swiatecki is a 20-year journalist who relocated to Austin from his home state of Michigan in 2008. He most enjoys covering the intersection of arts, business and local/state politics. He has written for Rolling Stone, Spin, New York Daily News, Texas Monthly, Austin American-Statesman and many other regional and national outlets.
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Local businesses seek tax relief
Local bars and restaurants have joined together in promoting an online petition drive that seeks a reprieve from the state on monthly payments of both the mixed beverage tax and sales tax receipts. The petition, which as of Monday had gathered more than 6,000 signatures, asks the state comptroller’s office to cancel or delay payments of March taxes. The rationale is that delaying the payments would provide needed cash flow for businesses that have seen their revenue drop off severely as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. It reads, in part: “We are asking the State of Texas to cancel or delay Mixed Beverage Gross & Sales Taxes, and/or Sales tax for a period of time. Payment of these taxes will undoubtedly cause even greater financial burden on already struggling businesses that are closing or being forced to close to stop the outbreak. This delay or cancel of tax will provide financial relief immediately to businesses that will file to pay the March 20th tax due. Federal tax credits at the end of this year will not help cash flow, but cessation of beverage taxes can help NOW. The food and beverage industry in the State of Texas is world class and we need relief immediately.”