OMAHA(KPTM)-As shoppers continue to flood Nebraska Crossing, some are spending more than they planned on. That's because some stores are adding a nearly two percent occupation tax on to the sales tax line but some aren't.
It's hard to miss the big digital signs used to lure shoppers to the new Nebraska Crossing. A smaller sign advertises Cinnabon at the Pump and Pantry next door. "It was here and it was what I was craving and they didn't offer that over at the mall," said Sonia Zubrod, who stopped by the shop for a snack after a day of shopping.
A brand new Cinnabon is one of the amenities the Pump and Pantry is offering. The store is in the process of an upgrade which will cost tens of thousands to bring in everything from a variety of snacks to a selection of Husker gear. A benefit of the project- the opportunity to capitalize on the influx of customers driving by the store on their way to Nebraska Crossing Outlets.
Zubrod is one of those customers who didn't just notice the new Cinnabon, but also the absence of an extra 2-percent occupation tax charged by many merchants at the mall. "So this would be nine percent," said Zubrod, calculating the tax total on one of her receipts. But not every store is charging the occupation tax. Some stores are simply choosing to absorb the extra amount. So customers could see seven or nine percent on the sales tax line of a receipt.
But, according to the city of Gretna, retailers are supposed to designate a line to the occupation tax and clearly show when it is being used, and how much a customer is paying.Stores that have simply been adding the two percent in to the sales tax line have thirty days to make the change.
So, where does that occupation tax go? Over the next 25 years, more than twenty six million dollars will be collected to help pay for a variety of mall expenses from keeping the buildings up-to-date, to helping pay for advertising costs.
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