Grocery Tax is Back

Posted on September 18, 2019 by admin


I stand in opposition to newly released details on a 7.35% “meals tax” set to go into effect on October 1, 2019. The tax was included in the Democrat budget passed during the 2019 legislative session – which I voted against – and will include nearly all prepared food items from bags of spinach weighing 8-ounces to rotisserie chicken.

According to a recently-issued Department of Revenue Services (DRS) policy statement, the Democrat-approved 7.35% tax will be applied to a long list of food items, including grocery items that have never before been taxed.

Just when we thought a tax on groceries was dead, Democrats found a back-door way to tax some of our most basic necessities by calling it a “meal tax” and then including hundreds of items like cookies, juice, bagels and much more. This latest money-grab will put everyday food items and groceries out of reach for many in our community.

It’s so disheartening that once again the hard-working tax-payers of Connecticut – including those most vulnerable, like seniors and single parents – have to suffer.

This is unacceptable. Below is a sampling of the food items and beverages that are taxable according to the DRS.