UPDATE: Target has corrected the tax issue and is now charging the flat 6 percent tax, as of Sunday, Oct. 20.
Thursday night, South Charleston Mayor Frank Mullens told city council that several businesses in South Charleston have been charging Charleston’s half-cent sales tax that went into effect Oct. 1. He said Lowe’s and Dollar Tree had been charging the tax, but have stopped. He mentioned Target as a business still mistakenly charging the tax, and there could be others.
I stopped by Target before going to work this morning to check out the situation. Sure enough, my receipt showed a tax rate of 6.5 percent (W.Va.’s 6 percent tax plus Charleston’s 0.5 percent tax).
Here’s my receipt:
To be fair, Target and some other businesses in the Southridge area have Charleston mailing addresses, and Mullens said he thinks that could have contributed to the problem.
To add to the confusion, Charleston and South Charleston’s city limits are like a jigsaw puzzle in the Southridge area, meaning that a business’s next door neighbor could be in a different city.
I’m working on a list of Southridge businesses in South Charleston and those in Charleston, and Rena Young, who works in South Charleston’s tax office, is helping me out. Young said she’s had 10 calls already this morning about tax confusion, and said anyone can call her at 304-720-5985 ext. 2105 if they have questions about the location of businesses.
To my understanding, The Shops at Trace Fork, which includes businesses on both sides of RHL Boulevard from Men’s Warehouse to the ice area, are in South Charleston. A small number of businesses at Southridge Center near Corridor G are in South Charleston, from Chick-fil-A to Bob Evans. Those businesses should not be charging the 0.5 percent tax.
The rest is in Charleston, and should be charging the 0.5 percent tax.
Check your receipts! Have you been mistakenly charged the tax?
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UPDATE: Following is a list of businesses in South Charleston in the Southridge area. These businesses should be charging only 6 percent tax, not 6.5 percent:
Bath & Body Works, Best Buy, Bob Evans, Causal Male XL, Cato, Charleston Dept. Store University Shop, Chick-fil-A, China Gourmet, Creperi Cafe, Dress Barn, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Exodus CPR, Express Employment Professionals, Exxon One Stop, Fazoli’s, Game Stop, Hibachi Japanese Steakhouse, Holiday Inn Express, Home Goods, Huntington Bank, Ihop, Justice, Kentucky Fried Chicken, Longhorn Steakhouse, Lowe’s, Maggie Moo’s, Marshall’s, McDonald’s, Mens’ Wearhouse, The Mole Hole, Oasis Spa, O’Charley’s, One Main Financial, Petco, Petsmart, Pier 1 Imports, Portrait Innovations, Smoker Friendly, Steak Escape, Subway, Taco Bell, Target, TGI Fridays, Verizon, Wendy’s and Zippy Trace Fork Car Wash.