"Dark stores" tax discussion continues in Michigan

By Riley James
The Meridian Times Staff Reporter

The Michigan Tax Tribunal has had many discussions about passing a law that will lower the taxes of big-box stores like Kohl’s, Meijer, and Walmart. These discussions and proposed bills have been referred to as “dark stores.”

“What is being discussed is the proper evaluation and taxation of large, retail stores,” said Tricia Kinley, the senior director of the Michigan Chamber of Commerce. “‘Dark stores’ is really just lingo. It’s a topic. It’s been coined as ‘dark stores.’ It’s really more of a debate, and it’s a topic that is going on.”

The dark stores discussion is to assess and tax the big-box stores fairly because many corporations and representative groups, including the Michigan Chamber of Commerce, feel that the stores are being over-taxed.