Washington state to impose an additional sales tax on all candy THAT DOES NOT CONTAIN FLOUR.
Posted May 29 2010 12:00am
This one just drives me crazy! Starting June 1st Washington State will impose an additional sales tax on some candy:
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 on line 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.
The Dept. of Revenue explains it this way:
Candy is a preparation of sugar, honey, or other natural or artificial sweeteners combined with chocolate, fruits, nuts, or other ingredients or flavorings and formed into bars, drops, or pieces. Candy does not require refrigeration. Candy does not include any preparation containing flour. Flour is made from grain such as wheat, rice, corn, rye, oats, and barley. Flour does not include flour substitutes, such as starch. Any product that lists flour as an ingredient on the nutritional facts label is not taxable as candy.
So by imposing this tax the State of Washington is imposing an additional burden on a group of citizens solely due to their medical condition, that they cannot eat flour.
Moreover, I worry about whether or not this will cause manufacturers to add flour to their ingredients so the candy will not be taxed. As pointed out on Celiac-Disease.com:
Some will say "it is just candy, you are better off without it anyway" and that is probably true, but whether or not I want to eat candy should be my choice and if I choose to eat it, I should not have to pay more just because of my medical condition!