More questions than answers at Nevada tax workshop

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Updated: 4/23/2012 2:51 pm

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — There were more questions than answers during a Department of Taxation workshop over a draft regulation to tax complimentary meals given to patrons and employees.

The department earlier this year said it would begin assessing sales tax on comped meals as of mid-February.

A 2008 Nevada Supreme Court ruling favored John Ascuaga's Nugget in Sparks. Justices struck down imposing a use tax on free meals, but left open the question on whether such meals are subject to sales tax.

Since then, casinos around the state petitioned for tax refunds totaling hundreds of millions of dollars.

But in January, the state Tax Commission rejected an appeal by Boyd Gaming Corp., saying sales tax could be levied.

Court challenges are pending, and taxation officials Monday said more workshops are planned.

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