Nebraska Crossing stores' tax approaches boggle minds of shoppers

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Posted: Saturday, November 23, 2013 12:00 am

Stores at the new Nebraska Crossing Outlets vary on how they handle an occupation tax imposed by the City of Gretna.

And that's caused confusion for some shoppers.

City Administrator Jeff Kooistra said it's up to each store how it accounts for Gretna's 1.95 percent occupation tax on sales. What matters, he said, is that the stores write a check to Gretna each month.

Not all stores have listed the occupation tax on sales receipts, although some specify the 1.95 percent tax on receipts. Kooistra said others raise the price of their merchandise enough to compensate for the tax, and others yet just absorb it.

The occupation tax is expected to bring in $26.2 million.

Kooistra said the city and the developer can audit stores to check if they are accounting for the occupation tax, so he's not concerned about it going uncollected.

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