Sales Tax....what a Boondoggle

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Sales Tax....what a Boondoggle

This is another glaring example of the bureaucratic lunatics in America setting rules and regs with no idea of what they are doing. The linked article on Sales Tax on Candy, Soda and Groceries spells out the abysmal failure of our governments. They take a simple process and screw it up so badly that it costs twice as much to administer as it should and it is still wrong.

Take the taxing of candy for example:

"One limitation to the SSUTA’s definition of “candy” is that it relies on flour, an arbitrary ingredient, in determining whether to classify a food as either a “food product” or a “candy.” Though ostensibly used to try to delineate between candy and baked goods, when the presence of flour is used as an indicator, the result is that products like Kit Kat® bars and Twix® bars end up being tax-exempt, while Reese’s® Peanut Butter Cups and 3 Musketeers® products are taxable. Further, Milky Way Midnight® bars, which do not contain flour, are considered taxable candy, while classic Milky Way® bars are considered tax-exempt food products because they contain flour."

Taxable items (Candy and Soda) purchased with SNAP funds or other government welfare, are exempt from sales tax but if you buy it with your money, you pay the tax.

This entire program is being run my idiots.

Tax me one more time

DavidBright
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I don't think this is a

I don't think this is a bureaucrat issue as much as it's a lobbyist issue. Looks like the wheat boys won out on this one.

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Stupid travesties such as

Stupid travesties such as this are the fault of government employees alone...lobbyists do not make and enforce rules and regs. If the ignorant or crooked government employees take the lobbyist's advice, it is not the lobbyists fault. They are paid to provide advice and pressure. I stupid or crooked government employee is where the buck stops.

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Everyone of these is

Everyone of these is appealing to politicians in lieu of listening to constituents bitch about other taxes ,at least they only apply to purchases that are by choice.
There is an answer, do not buy the product.

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