Is Corbin’s “stacked tax” on Knox workers even legal?

July 22, 2016
From the Publisher Jay Nolan

From the Publisher
Jay Nolan

When Corbin’s city leaders put the new 1% occupational tax on the Knox County section of the city, did they inadvertently institute an “illegal” tax? Several things about the way the tax (technically a “fee”) was implemented definitely raise legal questions.

In Knox County, the fee only applies to gross wages from employees. Employers are not required to pay. Yet in the Whitley County portion of the city, both pay. Can the city legally discriminate like this? It certainly seems unfair, and many wonder if it is even legal.

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