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How The Increase In Tax On Delivery Apps Is Affecting You

How the increase in tax on delivery apps is affecting you.Tax is a good thing for many; you cannot live without it and cannot live with it! 

It benefits the rich and sadly takes from the poor, shifting the Robin Hood mindset and looking at tax as a social responsibility. 

It can be overridden as a positive thing that helps society as a whole to balance and produce and give to those that need it when they need it. 

However, if you are a lover of fast food and takeaways, your food may have seemed to be a little more costly recently. Why is that we hear, you ask? Quite simply, the tax for delivery applications has been increased.

As hierarchy works in the past and present, when something is considered productive and actively earning a successful chunk of solid hard-earned cash, it is taxed and taxed to the maximum benefit of the taxation system. 


Love it or hate it, your bills will increase. So how does that affect you? 


The consequences of taking a bite into a much-craved pepperoni pizza or a burger you so badly need to devour after a long hard day at work are becoming more and more complex!

We hear you! A burger or pizza is hardly the crime of the century, but not necessarily will the customer be bombarded with these issues. 

Applications offering delivery to your home became winners in the pandemic; millions of us around the globe stayed at home, worked remotely, and sadly, yes, quit the gym and ate remotely too!

It was a case of how many fingers taps your hand had to make to be able to get your food delivered and checked out to your front door, all while hibernating and dodging the pandemic.

Ordering applications won in trading as the pandemic continued but lost in tax when the tax was increased! 

No novel business model goes untaxed; the villain putting tax here was the marketplace facilitation sales tax legislation that has been put into action in most states.


The market facilitator is the online platform that brings the seller and buyer together in unity, thus creating a sale. Online platforms are taxed, and anywhere that sells goods is taxed too. 


Revenue agencies that work for the state have discovered that they can get significant revenues with compelling efficiencies in collecting the payment by being able to place sales tax compliance that is obligatory on the marketplace facilitator, as opposed to the seller.

For this reason and this reason alone, meal delivery platforms are faced with complex and, sadly, confusing tax obligations that make them accountable to collect, charge, report tax, and report on all customer food orders placed on the platform. 

And as with most rules and regulations, that is sadly not all. States and governments cannot believe that they have a chance to cash in on ordering platforms and marketplaces that provide food delivery. 

So, in addition to the tax obligations and sales, many municipalities also require the delivery services to collect and remit city restaurant and meal taxes added onto the sales tax regulation! 

Many jurisdictions have also decided to add caps to the commission that meal delivery services charge to restaurants to add the icing to the cake. 

The marketplace facilitator legislation is not unique to the delivery of meal services, and it has also been extended to all marketplaces situated online where taxable items are sold. 

A few states have even gone to ensure that meal delivery services are excluded from the state's marketplace facilitator definition. 

However, whatever practice is placed in line and wherever you reside, the point is that laws are profitable for states' tax laws. States are lining up to collect their taxes and add to their collection! It is like the new undiscovered toy that state lawmakers couldn't believe they had uncovered. 

A few nuances from state to state can help support arguments and disputes about marketplace facilitator definition under a few sets of facts. 

Whatever the case, those who sell on platforms need to educate themselves further on any potential tax compliance necessities and formalities that have to be abided by. 


Once you know the complete set of rules and legislation, you can avoid being penalized further in the future. 


So, there you have it, a breakdown of the new tax laws that have been set into place. However, don't allow this to prevent you from pursuing your goals and dreams to enter an online marketplace platform. 

This is simply a barrier placed as a minor obstacle in your way. Continue and pursue your goal regardless! Smile to the taxman, and file your papers according to the new legislation.