A total of 15 members of the New York State Automatic Vending Association met with state lawmakers in Albany, N.Y. during its lobby day recently to seek support for an amendment to exempt the sale of food and beverages sold in vending machines from state sales tax. The association wishes to make the vended products exempt up to a selling price of $1.50 rather than 75 cents.
There were a total of 30 meetings with lawmakers, all of whom were supportive of the association's issues. They asked association members to put their concerns in writing to explain why relief is needed from the state sales tax, which will take effect Jan. 1, 2012.
The association drafted a letter explaining there are currently few items in the machines that are selling for 75 cents and less.
The letter explains that for vending to remain competitive in both pricing and convenience, the value of the items eligible for the exemption must increase.
The letter notes that the exemption will ensure consumers continue to have access to products through the convenience of vending machines.
It also notes the exemption will save jobs.
Editor's Insight: Congratulations to all members of the New York association who took the time to support this effort. And shame on any vending operator who does not do his or her fair share to shoulder the burden of lobbying on behalf of their industry.
Governments at all levels are facing budget problems, and they are looking for new sources of revenue. Hence, the vending industry must be organized to ensure that its members are not forced to pay new taxes. 05-13-11 by Elliot Maras