View Poll Results: How Much Sales Tax do you Pay for Your Food?

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    Re: Food Sales Tax

    Quote Originally Posted by longview View Post
    I may be wrong, but i thought only Louisiana put sales tax on groceries.
    I think it is the most regressive tax possible, in that it hurts the poor more.

    per Taxes by State
    All states except Alaska, Delaware, Montana, New Hampshire and Oregon, collect sales taxes. Delaware collects a Gross Receipts Tax (GRT) which is a business and gross receipts tax that can total 2.07%. Some have a single rate throughout the state though most permit local city and county additions to the base tax rate. Those states with a single rate include Connecticut, District of Columbia, Indiana, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, Rhode Island, and West Virginia.

    States with the highest sales tax are: California (7.25%), Indiana (7%), Mississippi (7%), New Jersey (7%), Rhode Island (7%), Tennessee (7%), Minnesota (6.875%), Nevada (6.85%), Arizona (6.6%), Washington (6.5%), Kansas (6.3%), Texas and Illinois (6.25%).

    Most states exempt prescription drugs from sales taxes. Some also exempt food and clothing purchases and a few also exempt non-prescription drugs.

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    To compare, there is a calculator at State Tax Comparison Table

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    Re: Food Sales Tax

    Quote Originally Posted by Lutherf View Post
    Is it taxed at both the state and local level or just the local level? I know that a few states have different rules at the local level than they do at the state level.
    I was trying to look it up, and could not find it, I guess they fixed that.
    The way I remember it, it was a state tax.
    I found this link, Which States Tax the Sale of Food for Home Consumption in 2009? — Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
    It says only MS and AL still have a full sales tax on groceries.

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    Re: Food Sales Tax

    Quote Originally Posted by Fisher View Post
    per Taxes by State
    All states except Alaska, Delaware, Montana, New Hampshire and Oregon, collect sales taxes. Delaware collects a Gross Receipts Tax (GRT) which is a business and gross receipts tax that can total 2.07%. Some have a single rate throughout the state though most permit local city and county additions to the base tax rate. Those states with a single rate include Connecticut, District of Columbia, Indiana, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, Rhode Island, and West Virginia.

    States with the highest sales tax are: California (7.25%), Indiana (7%), Mississippi (7%), New Jersey (7%), Rhode Island (7%), Tennessee (7%), Minnesota (6.875%), Nevada (6.85%), Arizona (6.6%), Washington (6.5%), Kansas (6.3%), Texas and Illinois (6.25%).

    Most states exempt prescription drugs from sales taxes. Some also exempt food and clothing purchases and a few also exempt non-prescription drugs.

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    To compare, there is a calculator at State Tax Comparison Table
    That's a cool link, it would help someone looking for a cheap place to live, as it show the total tax burden.

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    Re: Food Sales Tax

    Essential foodstuffs there in no sales tax on here in Ontario. Essential is stuff like bread, butter, milk, meat, veggies, fruit, cheese, pasta, et cetera. Anything else is considered non essential and is subject to the regular 13%.
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    Re: Food Sales Tax



    While U.K. residents are embroiled in a debate over a potential tax on certain hot foods taken to go, Joe Eskenazi over at our sister publication, SF Weekly, reminds us that in California, we already have an inexplicably arcane tax scheme that imposes a sales tax on some foods taken to go, depending on various subjective factors like how and where the food is intended to be eaten. The upshot: an awful lot of lawyers in front of the state Board of Equalization making arguments that sound like Bill Clinton trying to parse the definition of "is." And, more significantly, a tax policy that effectively benefits the rich at the expense of the poor.
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    However, here in Oregon, we don't have a sales tax.

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    Re: Food Sales Tax

    Quote Originally Posted by longview View Post
    I may be wrong, but i thought only Louisiana put sales tax on groceries.
    I think it is the most regressive tax possible, in that it hurts the poor more.
    Alabama has a grocery tax as well. There are like 4 or 5 states that do.

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    Re: Food Sales Tax

    Quote Originally Posted by longview View Post
    That's a cool link, it would help someone looking for a cheap place to live, as it show the total tax burden.
    Yeah that is an interesting little calculator if you are willing to move to wherever taxes are least.

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