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D.C. food trucks lobbying to change outdated 'ice cream truck rules'

September 17, 2012

By J.D. Harrison , Washington Post, Capital Business

September 17, 2012

Washington’s food truck owners will soon operate under an improved tax system, but they are still waiting for the city to approve additional changes to long-standing regulations they say were meant for old-fashioned ice cream trucks and make life unnecessarily complicated for today’s mobile vendors.

Starting next month, food trucks will charge and file the same 10 percent sales tax as their brick-and-mortar counterparts, a popular alternative to the current system, by which licensed vendors on every truck pay a quarterly tax on their permits in lieu of charging sales tax. Many complained that, because the number of licensed vendors per food truck varied considerably, so did the tax burden of each truck. 

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