Sales Tax on Groceries

Is the grocery sales tax coming to South Carolina?

Attention shoppers, there may be some changes at your local grocery checkout stand after the New Year. Some officials in South Carolina hope to re-establish the grocery sales tax that was removed in 2007. The proposed bill would add a two-cent sales tax on unprepared food help the state reduce its deficit, which rises to $1 billion next year. Officials believe the tax could bring in $375 million every year.

Shoppers don’t have to worry just yet, as of today the legislation hasn’t been filed. And even if the bill does get filed in the House the actual process is a doozy. The bill has to be introduced during a committee hearing, then wait for approval and if approved, go to voters to decide the bill’s fate.

This isn’t the first time we’ve seen the grocery sales tax rear its head in South Carolina—there was a failed effort in 2008. Rep. Kit Spires, who prepared the grocery sales tax bill two years ago, believes the new version of the grocery sale tax will get approved because of South Carolina’s deficit.

We’d like to hear what you think. Are you for or against the proposed grocery sales tax?