Anyone who used coupons at a Walmart and still has their receipts.
What’s Going On?
In 2018, Walmart settled claims that it overcharged sales tax when consumers used coupons on their purchases. This settlement covered Pennsylvania residents only. Now, attorneys are looking to bring class action lawsuits in other states.
It's possible that people who used coupons at Walmart were overcharged on sales tax. Read on for more information.
What’s Going On?
Walmart was sued several years ago over claims that it charged too much sales tax on purchases made by consumers who used store or manufacturer coupons.
The class action lawsuit claimed that Walmart illegally failed to deduct the coupon amount before charging sales tax and printed receipts that were so confusing it would be hard for shoppers to even notice.
For instance, the plaintiff in the lawsuit claimed that he used a “buy one, get one free” coupon to purchase two cans of shaving gel, each valued at $2.97. Instead of charging sales tax on $2.97, which was the total amount the man was charged for his purchase, Walmart instead levied tax on the price of both cans ($5.94).
In September 2018, Walmart agreed to settle these claims. This settlement, however, applied to Pennsylvania residents only. Now attorneys are looking to bring more class action lawsuits in other states that they believe have laws in place regarding how retailers can charge sales tax when coupons are used.
How Could a Class Action Lawsuit Help?
A class action lawsuit could help consumers get back any money they may have overpaid and require Walmart to change the way it applies sales tax on purchases made using coupons.