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Get Answers: What Foods Are Taxed Currently?

The talk from the state capitol of bringing back New Mexico’s food has some of you asking what edible products are being taxed right now.nnOne viewer named Erin writes: “Why do gas station convenience stores charge tax on all food items? What foods are supposed to be taxed? More specifically, which are not? “nnRight now there is no gross receipts tax on foods that are eligible for the federal food stamp program, but you could still be paying a tax on food purchases depending on where you shop.nnIt’s been nearly five years since New Mexico lawmakers voted to stop putting a sales tax on groceries. Sherman McCorkle, with the Greater Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce, says it’s still unclear which direction lawmakers will take to balance the budget this legislative session, but based on what he’s seen so far, it doesn’t appear the legislature favors the idea.nnAs of now, what foods are tax free?nnThe list includes most staple grocery items such as dairy and produce, as well as cold, prepared foods like frozen dinners. Also untaxed are seeds and plants that you grow for food for your household’s own use.nnBut don’t expect to avoid taxes on food everywhere. Restaurants and other stores that do not meet the federal definition of “retail food store” will charge tax, including places where the chief business is something other than the sale of food, like convenience or liquor stores. nnYou’ll also pay taxes at concession stands, sidewalk vendors, and vending machines.
on all food items? what foods are suppposed to be taxed? more specifically which are not? ” kayla anderson set out to get some answers today. she’s live in the newsroom. kayla? simply put… right now there is no gross receipts tax on foods that are eligible for the federal food stamp program. but you could still be paying a tax on food purchases depending on where you shop. it’s been nearly five years since new mexico lawmakers voted to stop putting a sales tax on groceries. “i think everybody likes to keep their own money, rather than paying it in taxes.” sherman mccorkle is with the greater albuquerque chamber of commerce. he says it’s still unclear which direction lawmakers will take to balanc the budget this legislative session — and if that will involve bringing back the food tax. “apparently, based on the first five days, the food tax has not found- the tax on food- has not found

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