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Food tax break in Tennessee

OBSHOP
Shopping Enthusiast

Starting August 1st the state of Tennessee has suspended taxes on food for the entire month.  Hour many more states will follow.  

https://wreg-com.cdn.ampproject.org/v/s/wreg.com/news/local/tns-grocery-tax-holiday-begins-monday-wh...

 

 

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Dean
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Generally speaking, groceries are tax exempt in Texas and many states.

https://www.taxjar.com/sales-tax/grocery-items

 

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SoCalHal
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There’s no tax on food in California. 

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Loves2Save
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Virginia has talked about doing the same but hasn’t gone through with it yet. 2.5% for basic groceries. Our overall taxes aren’t horrible though, so I get it. It has to come from somewhere. Growing up in NY, I rather this tax to all the ones they have even though basic food was 0%.

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mmoore01
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I live in Florida where basic food items are not taxed.  But some food items are taxed.  These include candy, soda and prepared items at the deli.  Ice cream in pint size containers are taxed, but the larger (half gallon or 48 oz ) are not taxed.

I suspect every State has a list of taxable foods.

The article listed above indicates Tennessee does NOT tax food, so I am wondering what exactly this tax change includes.

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Dean
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@mmoore01 

The article is a bit confusing but next to the map is a list showing different tax options. Tennessee has a number 1 in the map so it matches grocery items taxed at a reduced rate. The tax rate is 4% 

https://www.localmemphis.com/article/money/tennessees-month-long-grocery-sales-tax-holiday-is-underw...

 

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Icequeen813
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Florida has 6% tax on groceries &an additional 1.5% discretionary tax of 1.5 % in Hillsborough County

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mmoore01
Deal Master

Florida does have a 6% sales tax, but most basic groceries are exempt: Sugar, Flour, Bread, meat, milk, etc.  As I mentioned earlier, candy and soda are taxed.  

It is true that each county/city can collect an addition sales tax amount.

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