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City suspends restaurant tax for three months, postpones due date for net profit tax amid COVID-19 pandemic

With an economy in turmoil due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the government’s response to it, Morgantown Mayor Billy Phelps, by executive order, announced on Wednesday that the city would be suspending its recently-enacted restaurant tax.  According to information released by Morgantown City Hall, the suspension of the tax will begin April 1 and run through June 30. The tax will be reinstated automatically effective July 1. 

Also, the city announced a postponement of its due date to August 15 for the net profit taxes to be paid in Morgantown.  Nationally, the federal tax filing deadline has been extended to July 15.    


In the announcement, Mayor Phelps cited the city’s recent state of emergency declaration and adverse economic conditions as factors leading to the decision.  The mayor also indicated that the restaurant tax was designed to benefit the local tourism industry and he acknowledged that those industries are “temporarily halted.” 


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