My state, Massachusetts is debating whether soda and candy are food and should continue to be exempt from the state sales tax. That made me wonder…what do other states put in the category, “food”?
Gum is a food in Colorado but not in California.
In D.C., Puppy Chow and other pet foods aren’t subject to the state sales tax, but pet owners in Arizona pay it.
Florida taxes ice cream and popsicles. Massachusetts does not.
Some states tax prepared food (your pre-made Caesar salad and such) some don’t. Most take-out food that is hot is taxed. The rules about taxing prepared cold food varies and are, in a few cases, elaborate: Here’s Indiana…”food sold without eating utensils provided by the seller” that include “two or more food ingredients combined by the seller for sale as a single item….” How does Indiana enforce this rule?
Very few states consider vitamins food, or the seeds used to grow vegetables, Read the rest of this entry →