Next time you buy a burger or burrito from the Brigham Young University food services, you're likely to be charged sales tax.
The state Tax Commission instituted legislation starting July 1 requiring all non-profit institutions to charge the normal 6.25 percent sales tax for food services that are open to and accessible by the public.BYU, a non-profit, private university sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, joined other non-profit institutions this month in collecting tax from food services sales.
Some of the few exceptions include meals provided to students living on campus with room-and-board contracts, food served for college- and department-sponsored functions, and food provided to tax-exempt groups meeting on campus.
However, faculty and staff will be charged sales tax for their food purchases.
Last year, the university agreed to institute an increased sales-tax collection in non-educational areas of the university, including the sales of tickets to athletic events and concerns and performance by individuals and groups not associated with BYU. Also, sales tax was added to the purchase of all items in the campus bookstore, with the exception of textbooks.
At the same time, BYU paid $500,000 in back sales taxes on tickets to university athletic events.
However, the university's food service continued its tax-exempt status in locations and during times where the emphasis of patronage is toward students, faculty, staff or education-oriented campus visitors.
Such an exemption included the Wilkinson Center Cougareat cafeteria and dormitory food services.