PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Ride-hailing company Uber says it’s turned over sales tax it’s been collecting from customers for more than a year to Rhode Island tax collectors.
The Providence Journal reports Uber blames ambiguity in state law and procedural uncertainty for why it held on to the sales tax it collected for 18 months.
Cathy Zhou, Uber’s general manager for Rhode Island and Massachusetts, declined to say how much the app company has collected since it launched.
The California company submitted a bill in Rhode Island and other states that would create a new regulatory category that includes rides given through mobile phone apps. The category permits would be less restrictive than taxi licenses and wouldn’t include the $40 price floor regulators have tried to impose on car services.