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Attention Business Owners Information on 1 percent LOT

Information concerning the 1 Percent Local Tax Option from the City of Essex Junction & the Town of Essex

 

The City of Essex Junction and the Town of Essex were recently made aware that some businesses in the Town of Essex have been charging the City-approved 1 percent Local Option Tax (LOT) in error. Because of this, both municipalities are providing information to customers and Town of Essex businesses on what to do if they have been affected. 

In July 2022, businesses in Essex Junction and the Town of Essex were sent letters from the Vermont Department of Taxes requesting that they update their business location as either the City of Essex Junction or the Town of Essex because of the 1 percent LOT adopted by the City. The 1 percent LOT is determined by the location of the business, not the postal code. The City and Town have provided a list of addresses to help customers and businesses know if they are located in the City or Town. City addresses are highlighted in yellow. Customers and businesses can find the list on the City and Town webpages at www.essexjunction.org or www.essexvt.org, or Facebook pages.

Customers:

If you believe you have been charged the 1 percent LOT in a Town of Essex business, you should request a refund directly from the business that charged the LOT in error. Please see the Information Sheet below to view and print. You may wish to bring this sheet with you to the business when requesting a refund. 

Businesses:

If you are a Town of Essex business and have been charging the 1 percent LOT in error, you should contact the Vermont Department of Taxes to correct your account and to receive additional instructions. The Vermont Department of Taxes can be reached at tax.business@vermont.gov or 802-828-2551. Businesses can find additional information about the LOT at https://tax.vermont.gov/business/lot.

If you are an Essex Junction business, you should be charging the 1 percent LOT. Please check out the Vermont Department of Taxes for more information about the LOT. 

Businesses that may be unsure of whether their location is in the City or Town can contact the City Offices at admin@essexjunction.org or 802-878-6944 or the Town Offices at community-development@essex.org or 802-878-1343.

ONLY BUSINESSES LOCATED ON HIGHLIGHTED ROADS should be charging the 1% LOT to customers.
Roads List - YELLOW Highlighted = Essex Junction.pdf


Type in your Address on this interactive map to find out if you are located in the City of Essex Junction or the Town of Essex (Courtesy of Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission)


Informational Sheet 
VIEW AND DOWNLOAD Information Sheet.pdf (View below)


Vermont Tax Tips for Event Organizers and Vendors - Guidance from the Vermont Department of Taxes.pdf
 

Learn more about changing your legal mailing address to "Essex, VT" and the Zip Code

 

Essex Business Owners - 1 Percent Local Options Tax Error 

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