Candy tax takes effect June 1 in Washington - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Candy tax takes effect June 1st in Washington

EVERETT, Wash. (AP) - Starting next month, Washington will begin adding sales tax onto the price of gum and most but not all candy products.

For example, Three Musketeers will be taxed but Milky Way will not. Starburst, Gummi Bears and M&Ms? Yes. Nestle's Crunch and Twizzlers? No. How will you and retailers know which is which? The state Department of Revenue has posted a list online of nearly 3,000 items that will be subject to tax. Another 263 items that are not.

What's the difference? Basically, flour. If the candy you like is prepared with flour it will not be subject to sales tax.

Also starting June 1, sales tax will be applied to bottled water, and the tax goes up for mass-marketed beer. The soda pop tax kicks in July 1.

 

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