Five Dunkin’ Donuts patrons in New York and New Jersey are suing the chain for charging customers state sales taxes on items that were exempt from the fees, according to a report in the New York Post.
The plaintiffs contend that $10 million in sales tax was collected by Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants in New York during the last three years, and another $4 million was charged by New Jersey units.
The stores levied the taxes on bottles of water and bags of ground coffee, which are classified by laws in the states as grocery products exempt from the sales fees. A lawyer for the plaintiffs said the tax was levied 70 percent of the time.
Dunkin’ has yet to respond to the allegations.