Juneau may extend tax collection to sales aboard cruise ships


November 10, 2021

The Juneau assembly will consider an ordinance that would amend the borough’s sales tax code to collect on goods and services sold aboard cruise ships, whether tied to the dock or anchored in front of town.

The ordinance would amend a provision in code that currently exempts sales aboard cruise ships from the borough’s 5% tax.

Services sold on board the ships but which are delivered or used on shore, such as bus or whale watching tours, cooking classes and other activities, already are subject to sales tax, but goods or services consumed aboard the vessel are not currently taxed.

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