Employee mealsEmployee meals
Complimentary meals that a restaurant provides to the employees of the restaurant are not subject to sales tax, B&O tax, or use tax.
This exemption from sales tax, use tax and business and occupation (B&O) tax is only for meals provided without a specific charge to restaurant employees and does not apply to meals provided to other employees that work outside of the restaurant.
Sales of meals to employees where there is a specific charge remain subject to sales tax and retailing B&O tax.
A “meal” means one or more items of prepared food or beverages other than alcoholic beverages.