Food taxes are everywhere, and some of them are really unbelievable. It would take a team of tax lawyers to learn about all the strange food taxes there are, but here are some of the best we've found.
Trying to encourage a healthy life may be the reason why the state of Illinois has decided that any sweet candy or other sugary treat is liable for an additional 5 percent sales tax.
Illinois defines candy as sweets and confectioneries, but not if the flour is a listed ingredient, so Twizzlers and Hershey’s Cookies and Cream, for example, are tax-free, while a 3 Musketeers bar isn’t.
So, take note of Halloween shoppers, and remember to read the ingredients if you want to save on taxes.
Pumpkins with Intent to Carve tax
Here is another Halloween tax to consider. In Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Iowa, pumpkins that are sold to be turned into Jack-O-Lanterns are taxed differently from pumpkins for future pie fillings.
Truth is, there’s no way you can choose another vegetable for this purpose, so there’s pretty much no dodging this one.
The vending machine fruit tax
California considers itself a healthy state and therefore incentivizes fresh fruit purchases by exempting them from tax. That sounds ok, but here is the crazy part: if the fruit is sold from a vending machine, it gets taxed at 33 percent of the sale price.
The blueberry tax
The state of Maine is the largest producer of wild blueberries in the world. Not only that, but they were helped along by the Maine Wild Blueberry Tax, which charges blueberry pickers and processers 3/4 of a cent per pound of wild blueberries (applied on top of the normal taxes). And if you're caught picking, transporting, or selling bootleg berries, the state police are authorized to put you in jail.