Tax Globally Beginning this week, World Bank economists and consultants will have to pony up 10 percent sales tax when they order a cappuccino at the bank’s Lavazza coffee bar before discussing the elimination of world poverty. Since 1960, the bank has used its tax-immune status to avoid paying District sales tax at its food service facilities. Earlier this year, however, the U.S. Court of Appeals ruled that when the bank contracts with an outside entity—in this case, Sodexho Marriott Services—bank staff and guests must pay their fair share into District coffers.
Reporting by Laura Lang, Amanda Ripley, Michael Schaffer, and Elissa Silverman.
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