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Lawsuit alleges Target overcharges on sales tax

By Shaun Zinck | Mar 17, 2015

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Retailer Target is being sued over allegations it overcharged on its sales tax.

Chang Wong filed the lawsuit on March 5, alleging the company charges sales tax on the full amount of the purchase, even if a coupon is used. Wong said he used a $1 coupon issued by Starbucks and was charged 22 cents on sales tax for an item that cost $8.95 after the coupon had been used.

The lawsuit alleges that when the coupon is used, in which the retailer does not receive reimbursement, then the Retailers' Occupation Tax should be accounted for the total after the coupon.

The lawsuit seeks class-action status for individuals who redeemed coupons at a Target in Illinois in the last three to five years and were charged the sales tax based on the total cost prior to the coupon being used.

The suit estimates that more than 40 class members may have been affected. Wong is represented by Daniel Edelman, Cathleen Combs, James Latturner and Emiliya Farbstein of Edelman, Combs, Latturner & Goodwin, LLC, of Chicago.

United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois Eastern division case number 1:15-cv-01985.

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