BOE serves up new rules for mobile food trucks

Published: Thursday, Jun. 26, 2014 - 1:02 pm

Rounding up mobile food trucks, the California State Board of Equalization will host a public meeting in Sacramento on Friday to outline amended rules to make it easier for mobile food truck owners to calculate prices and taxes on every item they sell.

The gathering will be at 11 a.m. at 160 Promenade Circle, near the intersection of Interstate 80 and Truxel Road. A similar event will take place Friday in Southern California.

In the past, food truck operators have been required to post signs stating that local sales tax is included in their listed prices. That can be difficult to figure out, though, since food trucks may sell their fare in multiple cities and counties - with differing sales tax rates - on the same day.

In late November, BOE approved a regulation allowing food truck operators to charge the same price no matter where they are, then later calculate how much sales tax they owe for the city or county where the food was purchased. BOE said the amended regulation also simplifies things for customers as food truck operators can institute flat-rate pricing, such as $6 for a grilled sandwich.

The new regulation takes effect on July 1.

At Friday’s meeting, BOE member George Runner and Andrew Blaskovich, owner of the Drewski’s Hot Rod Kitchen food truck, are scheduled to speak. Multiple food trucks will sell food on-site for the lunchtime gathering, sponsored by SactoMoFo, which organizes food truck festivals and events.

Call The Bee’s Mark Glover, (916) 321-1184.

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