City Flexcar Tax Hike Back On
posted by October 24 at 14:22 PMon
Flexcar, the car-sharing service, will have to charge the state rental-car tax after all. According to the Flexcar member newsletter, the company “made important progress in educating the Department of Revenue on why car-sharing is different from traditional car rental” but couldn’t work out a non-legislative fix. So, starting in November, Seattle-area Flexcar users will have to pay a rental-car tax of 9.7 percent, bringing the total tax on Flexcar users to 18.7 percent.
Flexcar says they’re looking for a legislative fix. As we’ve reported, state Sen. Jeanne Kohl-Welles (D-36) is working on legislation that would exempt Flexcar from the tax. But given that most of Flexcar’s users live in the dense 43rd District (which includes Capitol Hill and parts of downtown, Eastlake, Wallingford, Fremont, and Ravenna), we’d like to see Sen. Ed Murray and the 43rd’s two representatives, Jamie Pedersen and Frank Chopp, stand up for Flexcar users and join Kohl-Welles in working to repeal this unfair tax.