A couple of Homeland stores had an unexpected promotion today: Tax-Free Day. “Save more than 7 percent,” they said. Since both the participating stores were in Oklahoma City limits, the savings would presumably be 8.375 percent. I checked a few items and didn’t spot any price increases, and the register tape from the self-checkout indeed reports 0.00 tax, so I guess they meant it.

Of course, they’re going to have to remit something to the Tax Commission anyway, so it’s not really “tax-free,” but anything that saves me $3.50 on a forty-dollar grocery run is something to be encouraged.


  1. localmalcontent »

    27 July 2008 · 2:46 am

    Remember this day, as one of the ‘Good Times’.

  2. fillyjonk »

    27 July 2008 · 7:41 am

    Sales tax on groceries just feels wrong to me. (I guess most other states agree; I think we’re one of seven states that still tax food at the full rate.)

  3. McGehee »

    27 July 2008 · 12:36 pm

    Georgia finally adopted a split-rate sales tax a couple of years ago to relieve the tax on food, but it’s hard to take knowing that California (CALIFORNIA!!!???) has (had?) a most enlightened policy on sales tax and food: 0%

    Can anyone say if they’ve changed that?

  4. CGHill »

    27 July 2008 · 1:34 pm

    For what it’s worth, Wikipedia says:

    Groceries are not taxed. Ready-to-eat hot foods, whether sold by supermarkets or other vendors, are taxed. Restaurant bills are taxed. As an exception, hot beverages and bakery items are tax-exempt if and only if they are for take-out and are not sold with any other hot food. If consumed on the seller’s premises, such items are taxed like restaurant meals. All other food is exempt from sales tax.


  5. McGehee »

    27 July 2008 · 9:47 pm

    No change then. (I said “food” in my comment where “groceries” would, as a matter of fact, have been more appropriate.)

    Dang scary that California’s approach to taxing groceries is more taxpayer-friendly than the only state in the entire country to have gone redder in 2006.

  6. CGHill »

    5 August 2008 · 9:02 pm

    Los Angeles County could be looking at a 9.75-percent sales-tax rate before long, higher than Fayetteville, Arkansas (9.25) but lower than Chicago (10.25).

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