questionsdo you pay taxes on food from the grocery store?

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Yes, 2% food tax in North Carolina. I need to move to your state! :-)

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Yep, but a much lower rate. I don't agree with it, personally. And I would be much happier with a "what you see is what you pay" model where the tax is already in the price.

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Nope. No food taxes here. If I may ask, what state do you live in?

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@captainsuperdawg: I live in Florida. We also do NOT have state income tax. :-D Where do you live?

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Hi, I'm in South Western Ct.

No tax on food here.

You do not want to know what the "Gas Tax" is,

its enough to choke a Clydesdale !

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In NY State, sales of most food for home consumption are tax exempt, but food and beverages sold by restaurants, taverns, and caterers is taxable (whether eaten at the restaurant or elsewhere).

However there are many exceptions to the above. Beer, soda, bottled water, candy, some nuts, and other things are taxable.

And then there are the confusing exceptions. For example, coffee or tea sold in a cup, hot or cold, with or without a lid, is taxable while unheated coffee or tea (and coffee or tea products) sold in bottles or cans is tax exempt, unless intended to be consumed on the premises.

If anyone is really curious, check out this page and the many links from it for the "Quick Reference Guide" (which isn't all that quick).

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In Georgia we pay 3% for food and in most places non food items are taxed 7%.

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Yep, we are taxed 4.725% on grocery items and 7.something on non-grocery items.

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No tax on food in Massachusetts. There are caveats here as well. And we pay a 5 cent bottle/can deposit on just about any bottles/cans other than plain water or juice (there has to be over a certain percentage of juice in the drink to be exempt). Beer gets a bottle deposit, but I don't think wine does.

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No tax on food in Seattle but man they make up for it on everything else. 9.5%. Luckily we have no state income tax, but sometimes I wish it'd be the other way around like in Portland.

Worst part is that being in WA means I pay that 9.5% on everything from Amazon and Woot. Grr.

When I lived in NY, we had no tax on food either and also only paid 3% on clothing, which was really nice. Of course, there was income tax there, though.

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@gmwhit: Kentucky aka the land of improper English, cousin love, and no shoes :-)

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@captainsuperdawg: :-) Don't forget the Kentucky Derby! +1 for that.

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Despite being maligned as Taxachusetts, MA does not tax groceries, with some complicated exceptions for prepared foods, take-out, eat-in, etc. (As an aside, non-luxury clothing is not taxed either.)

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ETA: I see caron7 already stepped up for MA. BTW, I think the deciding factor for bottle deposit is carbonation, regardless of whatever else they contain. 95% of the broken glass I see is no-deposit Snapple bottles.

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in my county in central illinois there is a 1% on grocery store food. 9% on stuff. and a 10% sin tax (prepared food, drink, anything you need to consume within 20 minutes)

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@computiac: http://www.detroitgasprices.com/USA_Tax_Map.aspx Yes your gas taxes suck...

For Michigan: 6% sales tax on any goods except for uncooked foods (most of the grocery store).

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@computiac: Former CT resident now in FL. Much cheaper for everything except electricity here. Of course, salaries are abysmal. Retire here.

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@ginawoot: When I went to school in Mass, there used to be the "Mass old age tax" on restaurant food. Have not been there in awhile - still on the books?

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@klozitshoper: I just retired this passed June.

I'm packing my bags tonight !

See ya in the mornin'

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@falcondeal: Imagine that, we have the highest in the land.

Should be something to be proud of ?

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@caron7:
@ginawoot:
@klozitshoper:

Taxachusetts Sales Tax is 6.25% as is the Meals tax.. And When they raised the Sales/Meals Tax to 6.25 they gave the local Municipalities the right to add a 0.75% meals tax of their own so some towns and cities have a 7.00% meals Tax... I wouldn't be surprised if they tried to start taxing food same as they tried taxing the taxes on alcohol... Since that got tossed they are attempting to raise the duties and fees on alcohol as well as other inventive ways of collecting more money......

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Here in south east Wisconsin our tax rate is comparatively low - around 5.1%, with slight variances by counties/cities. Food is exempt from tax except for candy, dietary supplements, prepared food and soft drinks. Alcohol is taxed however.

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@hobbitss: Nah, MA will never tax basic groceries or clothing. Just not gonna happen. Alcohol, ciggies and other "sins" will always be fair game, though.

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@klozitshoper: Re "Mass old age tax": I've never heard of it, and after googling I still don't know what it is! It's mentioned without explanation on the catering price page of a country club's website, though, so maybe it still exists.

ETA: It's such an old-fashioned term. I'd expect "senior citizen" or maybe "retiree" if it were current law.