Weekly Roundup: Food and Sales Tax


If you celebrated Thanksgiving in the traditional way–with copious amounts of food–you likely find yourself in one of two camps: those who ate so much they’ve pledged to eat nothing but salad from now on, and those who are gleefully transforming leftovers into gravy-smothered sandwiches.

If only deciding how to apply sales tax to food were so easy. If your business sells food or food-related products you’ve got a complex and contested set of state and local rules to follow. To help ease the pain, we’ve gathered a list of recent state decisions regarding how to tax food. [As for that bellyache, you're on your own]. 


Thanksgiving Roundup: Food and Sales Tax

Storified by Avalara · Wed, Dec 05 2012 11:59:46

How Illinois Taxes Dietary Supplements

TaxRates.comWith the great Thanksgiving Feast on the horizon, now seems a good time to talk about the taxation of dietary supplements and food replac…

Arkansas Proposes to Lower Tax on Food 

TaxRates.comArkansas Governor Mike Beebe’s (D) proposal for a balanced budget was presented to the Arkansas Legislative Council and Joint Budget Comm…

New York Chews on Taxability of Edible Cups

TaxRates.comHave you ever wondered how edible gummy drinking cups should be taxed? Are they food or are they cups? Even the people who make them don’…

Nevada: Free Meals May Cost You

TaxRates.comThe city of Henderson, Nevada, is suing the state of Nevada and Station Casinos for the right to collect sales tax on certain complimenta…
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