A Possible Conclusion to the Tax Issue With Cafe Cash

I was informed by someone who wishes to remain anonymous of a rather interesting conversation with someone rather high up in Dining Services.

This student asked why we have been told that Cafe Cash is tax free and then charged tax on items, and was told that Cafe Cash should not be charged tax. This student was also told that the number found on a student ID could be used instead of receipts in order to remedy the problem.

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Nancy Drew and the Missing Cafe Cash

For many people, eight percent of a bill isn’t that big of a deal. It’s something you don’t notice, a mild irritation. This is what has happened with our café cash system. Students are told that café cash is tax free, however, upon coming to the university and using café cash, they find out it isn’t. Big deal, there are more important things to worry about.

But are there?

Over the course of a semester, (as stated in the article before this) at the very least $17,000 is lost in tax revenue for café cash. This does not include commuters, people who purchase more café cash, or faculty. So, now that we know this money is gone, where is it going- and more importantly- WHY didn’t anyone notice where it went?

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Published in: on 8 November 2007 at 11:59 am  Comments (1)  
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What Part of ‘Tax Free’ Is Missing?

Firstly, I would like to apologize for the lack of posts over the past few days. But we have something that I think will make up for that.

One of the things that we were told on our campus tour, during orientation, Welcome Week our freshman year, and when looking at pages such as the Winthrop University Cafe Cash page and Campus Dish is that you will receive an 8% discount when you use Cafe Cash instead of some other form of money. However, this does not seem to be the case. Which begs the question, if students are being given an 8% discount where is it? And if not, why does everyone in the university insist on telling us that the discount exists?

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