Cannabis businesses operating in unincorporated areas of San Luis Obispo County, Calif., will soon have to adhere to a new tax compliance program.
The county’s Board of Supervisors approved changes to the program Sept. 13, according to a press release, including a new required fee that will take effect Oct. 14.
The changes require every county cannabis business licensee to pay a Cannabis Tax Compliance fee of $3,918 upon license issuance, and each year when the license is renewed, according to the release.
The new fee is in addition to the required annual business license fee, which is currently $44 per new license and $34 per license renewal.
The Board of Supervisors also voted Sept. 13 to eliminate the California Cannabis Authority (CCA) fee, according to the press release, and cost recovery for the CCA is now included in the Cannabis Tax Compliance fee.
The change in fees stems from the board’s direction to various county departments that all costs associated with operating the cannabis program must be recovered so that the program is no longer subsidized by the County General Fund and taxpayers.