Which States Tax Your Groceries?
They say nothing is certain in this world but death and taxes. However, in the aisle of the grocery store, the tax part at least isn’t certain at all. In some states groceries are completely exempt from sales tax. In other places that tax rate is dropped. And still in some other places states don't tax groceries but cities do. All that is broken down in this handy graphic from TaxJar:
As you can see, grocery items are tax exempt in every state except Idaho, South Dakota, Kansas, Oklahoma, Mississippi, Alabama, and Hawaii. Oregon and Montana have no sales tax, so we don't count them.
Of course, there are exemptions to the exemptions--typically related to items we might consider "vices." In New York state, for example, alcohol, candy, and soda are taxable. So are ice cubes and seltzer (two of our favorite luxuries.) Fruit juice can sometimes fall under that soda tax as well. In order to avoid it must contain more than 70 percent actual fruit juice – but all carbonated beverages are taxed. As you might recall, New York politicians don't shy away from steering consumer choices toward healthier options. The little extra hit your wallet takes to buy a Snickers is part of that.
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