40 thoughts on “March 22, 2017

  1. Not as bad as EBT. Every so often, I have to remind people that Hot Prepared Foods don’t get counted for EBT. Usually with people new to EBT.

    • In Florida, generally food isn’t taxed.
      EXCEPT for prepared, ready to eat foods.
      And it can get picky as to what “ready to eat” means.
      Lunch kit for kids, Sandwich, potato salad, crackers. Not taxed.
      Put a spoon IN the package— TAXABLE!

      • Wow… just get a simple tax system like we have in my country – everything is taxed apart from monetary items (interest & rates etc etc). Makes things so much easier (and no we don’t stress about how some things are more expensive because we’re used to it)

      • “I’m sorry, you didn’t get the EXACT brand and EXACT size on your WIC check. Yes, I know you got the SMALLER package, so you’re actually saving WIC money, but they don’t care. You HAVE to get the larger package, even if half of it is going to go to waste in your household. And yes, you have to have EVERY item on the check, even if your kid is allergic to cheese. And don’t hand me the checks when I’m already halfway through scanning going, ‘oh, this is on WIC.’ That means I have to cancel out the order and start over because I need to run the check through FIRST so the system knows what you’re supposed to be getting.”

        At least more than half of my WIC customers were good at presenting the checks first and making sure they got everything they were supposed to, but then you get the argumentative ones….

    • I would say every tax system has its fair share of oddities, in the US it gets complicated by having 50 states and in retail it is normally state tax law in play. In some states you can even get variation based on county and city.

  2. Of course the rules vary by state. I remember when I visited a yarn store in New York, I was charged tax for knitting needles but not for yarn because the latter counts as clothing even though it could be turned into almost anything!

  3. When I lived in Connecticut, no tax on food or clothing up to $50 per item or medicine even if it was over the counter. Now that I’m in Arizona, tax on everything except some cities don’t tax most food.

  4. No tax on clothing? That’s a new one to me.

    But yeah it’s very strange what they’ll tax and what they don’t tax. If they consider it junk food it’s taxed. Pet food is taxed. A box of crackers was taxed. That’s not junk food! I wonder who decides this stuff.

      • Here in chicago we get taxed on everything. It’s so ridiculous to pay 10.25% on everythinng except for food. Atleast thats only 2.25%

    • There is a thing near to when school starts where states give tax amnesty days to buy clothing or school supplies, and since it covers university aged people, it pretty much means if you buy clothing or officey stuff on those days you don’t pay tax, but it’s usually a weekend or at most one week a year depending on when the local school season starts.

    • I’ve found “no tax on clothing” to be a largely New England thing. Which is where Marla’s Grumbel’s is located, if I recall correctly, so hey.

  5. There’s no need to argue with a customer that stupid. One of the blessings granted by computerized cash registers is that they won’t ring up taxed items without the tax and this cannot be over-ridden at point of sale.

    • Actually that’s false. Stuff for schools and churches are tax-exempt. I work at a gas station and if the person has the right identification for me I can hit a button and enter their I.D and voila everything but the gas is exempted from tax. I used to have to do it all the time when I worked at Walmart. It’s not that hard to set yourself up the Head of the Church of Wazoo and get tax exempt status.

      • Not as easy as you think. A friend of mine runs a non-profit program to help woman released from prison to transition into the real world and she’s been denied tax exempt status multiple times (the reason…she has the women pay rent and utilities). I also play with a not for profit band and we’ve been denied tax exempt status because we have a positive balance in our bank account.

      • We had the same kind of setup. As long as the org was registered with the company, taxes would removed with the touch of a button.
        OTOH, fellow retailers are technically tax-exempt as long as they’re reselling what they buy from us. We had a neighbor, _not_ registered with the company who tried to go the T/E route even for purchases which were obviously not for resale. SM and ASM always caved to her requests. Somebody’s always looking for an angle.

      • Melissa,
        Actually it’s not false. Cash registers are computers. They can be programmed to do what management wants them to do. If management doesn’t want cashiers overriding the sales tax, the cash register can be programmed to not allow that.

    • I think there’s only a few states that do tax-exempt for charity.

      Bottom line, I think the only Federal taxes that most people see is the individual income tax (think Form 1040), and the gasoline tax (built into the price), and some telephone services. All the taxes you see in the store are state & local. So they’re different depending on where you live and shop.

  6. In Kentucky, where I live, they tax junk food. Also, the SNAP and other food-assist programs are very picky about what they will and will not cover.

    • And ask him to try on the chair – Grumbels wants to be sure he buys one that is the right size for him. And make sure it buttons up for him.

  7. No tax on clothes? That must be nice. Our sales tax is actually going up to 10.1% on April 1st. Meanwhile some out-of-state residents don’t have to pay any sales tax here. Makes ZERO sense to me.

    • I assume you live in the Seattle area? Just buy stuff outside the RTA taxing district… King County out here in Duvall, etc, is still 8.6%.

  8. Very well, sir, but it’s strict Grumbel’s policy that you eat the Ottoman right here in the store. Shall I direct you to the condiment aisle? I recommend the addition of Grey Poupon, myself. Oh, but don’t worry about putting the chair on until after you’ve eaten; it would be a shame to get Ottoman stains all over it.”

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