Grocery Tax is Back!

Posted on September 16, 2019 by admin


Last week, I attended a press conference with my House and Senate Republican colleagues to voice my 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 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.

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