The two McDonald's restaurants in Newton have been charging 7 percent sales tax on its meals, even though the restaurant tax in Newton is 6.25 percent.

The two McDonald's restaurants in Newton have been charging 7 percent sales tax on meals, even though the restaurant tax in Newton is 6.25 percent.


Late Monday afternoon, Newton TAB employees bought $15.26 worth of food and drinks from the restaurant at 111 Needham St.


With a 6.25 percent sales tax, the tax would be 95 cents, but TAB employees were charged $1.07, or 7 percent of the meal’s cost.


A purchase at the California Street McDonald’s yielded similar results – buying $5.18 of food resulted in a tax of 36 cents. That tax should have been 32 cents, according to state guidelines.


Earlier Monday afternoon, Nahanton Street resident John Shea noticed he and his wife were charged 7 percent sales tax on their two coffees instead of 6.25 percent.


They were charged 11 cents tax instead of 10 cents, but it’s still bothersome, Shea said.


“My point is they are charging everybody 7 percent and it’s illegal,” Shea said.


Shea said he complained about the high tax to the manager in McDonald’s. Several other people who noticed the tax brought it up to employees as well.


“A lot of people have been complaining to management and they insist they are correct,” Shea said.


“They (employees) are just ignoring everybody,” he added. “I think they sincerely believe they can do it [charge the 7 percent sales tax].”


Several people eating in McDonald’s late Monday afternoon weren’t aware they had been charged a 7 percent sales tax instead of a 6.25 percent sales tax.


“I swipe it and I walk away,” Dorchester resident Louis Ashman said of his credit card.


Assistant manager Juan Recinos referred all comment to the store’s owner, Timothy McCoy. McCoy couldn’t immediately be reached for comment.


McCoy's company owns several other franchises, including the McDonald's at 197 California St., according to city property records.


The Dunkin' Donuts on Needham Street, a block away from the McDonald's, was selling food with the 6.25 percent sales tax Monday night.


The McDonald’s at 413 Main St. in Reading, which McCoy owns, was charging the 6.25 percent sales tax Tuesday morning. Manager Mike Page said the store was following state guidelines.


“We were told by the state to do this,” he said.


On Aug. 1, the state sales tax increased from 5 percent to 6.25 percent. Municipalities have the option of increasing the tax another .75 percent, to 7 percent.


While Newton is considering doing so, it hasn’t yet.


Wicked Local Newton writer Christine Laubenstein can be reached at claubens@cnc.com.