City to Pay State $400,000 For Not Taxing Golf Course Green Fees

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City of Dallas
Just remember, the green fee at Tennison Memorial is $35, plus 8.25 percent in sales tax.
If you've played a round of golf at one of Dallas' half dozen municipal golf courses, you may have skipped out on the state-mandated 8.25 percent sales tax on your green fee. The city contracts with independent golf pros who collect green fees but haven't traditionally collected sales tax. It's a loophole, and Comptroller Susan Combs doesn't like loopholes.

Combs, according an item added to this week's City Council agenda, "has recently concluded that the golf pros' charging golfers green fees were taxable events." So, her office went after the golf pros for unpaid sales taxes, who in turn said the taxes are city's responsibility.

And the city is taking responsibility, to the tune of a $400,000 settlement that will clear the books with the Comptroller's office. The council will vote on whether to approve the settlement on Wednesday.

The loophole, however, has already been closed. Says so on the city's golfing website, complete with random capitalization: "ATTENTION GOLFERS Effective Monday, July 23, 2012 STATE SALES TAX WILL BE INCLUDED IN ALL City of Dallas GREEN FEES."

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Does the City of Dallas have such poor recordkeeping that we can't figure out who these independent contractors are that have done business with the city? They are the ones who made money on the whole enterprise. Find them, and bill them for the taxes that are owed. If they skirt the fines, send a bill collector after them.

scottindallas topcommenter

state sales tax is 6.25.  Then 1% goes to the city, and 1% goes to Dart


This should be the responsibility of the pros who have such a sweetheart deal with the City. 


Queue the outraged screams of tyranny in 5...4...3...


 @Lorlee In what way is their 'deal' a sweetheart deal?


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