Thursday, March 19, 2020

Texans Petition TABC to Pause Mixed Beverage Tax and Sales Tax for Restaurants During Coronavirus Crisis

Posted By on Thu, Mar 19, 2020 at 9:26 AM

  • Instagram / @trophyroomsatx
With mandated closures being declared across the United States due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the restaurant industry is reeling.

Stephanie Houston, co-founder of Hill Country distillery Hye Rum, knows one thing that would provide immediate relief — the temporary suspension of Mixed Beverage Gross and Sales Taxes by the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission (TABC).

And she's not alone.

Houston launched a petition, which has garnered 51, 210 signatures as of press time — 2/3 of the way to the goal of 75,000 signatures.

"Businesses are in jeopardy and can use any and all assistance for the duration of the COVID-19 outbreak. Our distillery in the Texas Hill Country is just a speck on a map of businesses that can use relief immediately for disaster planning ahead," Houston wrote in the petition description.

"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."

So many restaurants, so little time. Find out the latest San Antonio dining news with our Flavor Friday Newsletter.

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

We’re keeping you informed…
...and it’s what we love to do. From local politics and culture to national news that hits close to home, San Antonio Current has been keeping San Antonio informed for years.

It’s never been more important to support local news sources. A free press means accountability and a well-informed public, and we want to keep our unique and independent reporting available for many, many years to come.

If quality journalism is important to you, please consider a donation to San Antonio Current. Every reader contribution is valuable and so appreciated, and goes directly to support our coverage of critical issues and neighborhood culture. Thank you.

Read the Digital Print Issue

March 25, 2020


Never miss a beat

Sign Up Now

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.


© 2020 San Antonio Current

Website powered by Foundation