Wal-Mart Sues Puerto Rico Over ‘Astonishing And Unsustainable’ Tax Increase

Wal-Mart Puerto Rico, Inc. (Wal-Mart PR), the Puerto Rico arm of the venerable Wal-Mart chain, has filed a lawsuit against the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico in a bid to overturn certain new tax laws the retailer says are discriminatory and violate federal laws and the U.S. Constitution. The case is Wal-Mart Puerto Rico Inc. v. Zaragoza-Gomez, 15-cv-3018, U.S. District Court, District of Puerto Rico (San Juan).

According to the complaint, more Puerto Ricans work for Wal-Mart PR than for any other private employer in the Commonwealth: Wal-Mart PR operates 55 Walmart Stores, Walmart Supercenters, Sam’s Clubs, Super Ahorros, and Amigos stores, employing nearly 15,000 people in Puerto Rico. Wal-Mart PR also asserts that it collects more sales tax on behalf of the Commonwealth than any other company or entity, collecting approximately $100 million in sales tax annually……

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