Concord - The New Hampshire Republican State Committee today called on John Beardmore, Governor Maggie Hassan's nominee to be the next commissioner of the Department of Revenue Administration, to address questions about the Hassan Administration's new hospitality income tax. Beardmore will appear before the Executive Council today for a public hearing on his nomination. The Union Leader (5/13/13) reported that the Hassan Administration is trying to reinterpret existing tax rules to force New Hampshire restaurants and food establishments to pay a new income tax on tips collected by food servers.


"The Hassan Administration's new hospitality income tax is a backdoor attempt to squeeze more money out of New Hampshire's business community to cover the reckless spending increases in the governor's irresponsible budget," said NHGOP Chairman Jennifer Horn. "This onerous new tax places an even greater burden on our hospitality industry that will kill jobs, reduce wages for restaurant servers, and crush small businesses."


Governor Hassan has refused to comment on this new tax or ask the DRA to stop trying to collect it.


"Until last year, the Department of Revenue Administration did not include tips in the calculation of Business Enterprise Tax payments. But since Governor Hassan took office, the state has tried to bully and intimidate restaurants with harassing audit letters into paying more taxes," said Horn. "Mr. Beardmore owes the New Hampshire hospitality industry an answer about whether or not he will allow the DRA to continue to target restaurants with this new and unfair tax."