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    Food Sales Tax

    What Percentage of sales tax do you pay for your food (groceries)?

    Depending on where you live, it can be anywhere from nothing to ten percent or more.

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    Re: Food Sales Tax

    In Arizona only prepared foods are taxed but it's kind of funky the way the process works -

    Dinner at a restaurant or a bag of chips will be taxed while a pound of raw chicken will not be. Baked goods packaged for home consumption are not taxed but if a cake is sold by the slice it is taxed. Frozen dinners are taxed but frozen vegetables are not.

    The basic tax rate is from 6.85% to 7.7% depending on which county you are shopping in and then some cities have additional tax of 2% or more.

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    Re: Food Sales Tax

    I cannot answer because it just depends. We have different sales taxes on different things. Generally it is close to 6% (state and local) but it is less on certain things like specific types of OTC medicines (just the state part and no local) and higher on things like food already cooked in the deli of the grocery (state plus stepped up local).

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    Re: Food Sales Tax

    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.

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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.
    Iirc, Oklahoma does too, but I believe (last I heard), their sales tax was lower, because food and all other goods are taxed. (in the 3 1/2-4% range I think)
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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.
    It kind of depends on what you call "groceries".

    Most states do not tax raw foods and essentials such as milk. Basically, if you have to take it home and cook it or eat it raw it's probably not taxed. The flip side is that most states DO tax "ready to eat" foods such as potato chips, condiments, frozen dinners, etc.

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    Re: Food Sales Tax

    Quote Originally Posted by Lutherf View Post
    In Arizona only prepared foods are taxed but it's kind of funky the way the process works -

    Dinner at a restaurant or a bag of chips will be taxed while a pound of raw chicken will not be. Baked goods packaged for home consumption are not taxed but if a cake is sold by the slice it is taxed. Frozen dinners are taxed but frozen vegetables are not.

    The basic tax rate is from 6.85% to 7.7% depending on which county you are shopping in and then some cities have additional tax of 2% or more.
    Texas also has seemingly strange definitions of what is "food", "grocery item" or "for immediate consumption".

    http://www.window.state.tx.us/taxinf...s/tx96_280.pdf
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    Re: Food Sales Tax

    Quote Originally Posted by Lutherf View Post
    It kind of depends on what you call "groceries".

    Most states do not tax raw foods and essentials such as milk. Basically, if you have to take it home and cook it or eat it raw it's probably not taxed. The flip side is that most states DO tax "ready to eat" foods such as potato chips, condiments, frozen dinners, etc.
    I am calling groceries unprepared food, flour, raw meat, sugar, eggs, what used to be called staples.
    Those kinds of things are taxed in Louisiana.

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    Re: Food Sales Tax

    Quote Originally Posted by ttwtt78640 View Post
    Texas also has seemingly strange definitions of what is "food", "grocery item" or "for immediate consumption".

    http://www.window.state.tx.us/taxinf...s/tx96_280.pdf
    That's pretty typical....an 8 page brochure that leaves the reader with more questions than answers

    I get kind of a kick out of it because if I buy a Red Baron frozen pizza it gets taxed but if I buy a Boboli pizza crust, a jar of sauce, a stick of peperoni, and a chunk of mozzarella it isn't taxed.

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    Re: Food Sales Tax

    Quote Originally Posted by longview View Post
    I am calling groceries unprepared food, flour, raw meat, sugar, eggs, what used to be called staples.
    Those kinds of things are taxed in Louisiana.
    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.

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