Countdown to Candy Tax
Washington State begins taxing candy on June 1. But the definition of candy, and the difference between candy and food, has some heads scratching. Candy Professor is here to help.
- How much is the Candy Tax? Starting June 1, candy will be subject to the Washington State Sales Tax, which varies between about 6 and 8 percent, depending on locality. “Food” which is not “candy” will continue to be exempt from the sales tax.
- Defining Candy: the Candy Tax. Taxing candy, then and now. Why we’re so confused about what candy is and isn’t. Back in the day, it was a lot more simple.
- Candy? Or Not? Check the List. Links to Washington State’s official list of taxable and exempt candies.
- Is Candy Really a Food? Salon.com interview with Candy Professor about the candy tax and the limits of food.
- The End of Candy. Will candy survive? Why can’t candy just be candy?
- Impending Chaos. Small retailers without scanners will just tax everything. Consumers are invited to fill out refund forms if the tax was inaccurately applied. Stamp: 44 cents. Refund on one not-candy bar: about 8 cents. Do the math.
- Video Expose: Dates plus nuts plus soy = candy.