​NAMA, PTVA Work Fast To Defeat Proposed Maine Sales Tax Revision

Posted On: 6/24/2019

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AUGUSTA, ME -- The National Automatic Merchandising Association reports that it has worked with its affiliated state council, the Pine Tree Vending Association, to defeat a proposed increase in Maine’s sales tax.

The proposed legislation, LD 1798: An Act to Amend Maine Tax Laws, contained a provision that would force operators to pay sales tax on their gross sales, rather than on their wholesale product cost. This would increase the sales tax liability of vending operations and other small businesses.

The proposed changes were part of a larger bill to broadly amend the Maine tax code. Legislators passed the bill out of committee very rapidly, which gave very limited notice to the industry. NAMA and PTVA quickly rallied, reaching out to legislators on the negative impact of this tax increase on operators.

“We appreciate the Maine legislature for listening to our concerns about this proposal, and how it would have been a tax increase for vending operators in Maine,” said NAMA director of federal and state affairs Mike Goscinski.

The association attributes this successful defense of equitable treatment under the law to the revival of the Maine State Lobby Day, and to quick mobilization, Goscinxki explained. “NAMA would especially like to thank Niki and Ted Morton of Casco Bay Vending (Lewiston, MD) and the Pine Tree Vending Association, and the many blind vendors in Maine who helped educate legislators on the harm this would have caused to the convenience services industry in the state,” he applauded.