A Washington State candy tax goes into effect today. The Washington candy tax is an idea by state legislators to help the Washington budget deficit, and today is the first day that the new taxes go into effect. Don’t be fooled into thinking that the news taxes in Washington State will just apply to candy in this law either, as it is far more extensive than just that. Taxes have also been applied to gum, soda pop, and bottled water, and taxes are being raised on beer and cigarettes again in the state. According to the language of the law, it will be in place for the next three years, and is being called a temporary law on our bad habits that only applies to products we could live without.
So what exactly does the new Washington State candy tax mean? Well for bottled water, it means they will start charging sales tax on all non-refillable containers. If you are using a refillable container you won’t have to pay the tax, but if you are buying a case of bottled water or just want a bottle of Dasani after your workout, the tax now applies to you. The soda pop tax is a bit more complicated, as it will apply a two cent tax to every 12 ounces. If you go buy a 12-pack of Pepsi, you will be taxed 24 cents total, likewise if you buy a case you will have 48 cents of tax on top of that. This is one of those taxes that could end up with very interesting results. Gum will now be charged sales tax as well, because it is being called a product that is not “necessary” for consumption in the state of Washington.
We have had time to prepare for this tax (apparently) and now the state is ready to go forward with charging us extra for quite a few products that aren’t deemed necessary for our daily life. Some of us that don’t drink coffee might argue with there being a soda tax, but that argument is falling on deaf ears in Olympia. The candy tax will apply to all candy that does not contain flour (the distinction agreed upon during session), and the tax will be an equivalent sales tax in the state, which is around nine cents in most locations. Then there is the cigarette tax which will go up by $1 per pack, and the raised tax on beer which will be 50 cents for every gallon. Microbrews will be exempt from those taxes, but the raise in the tax is expected to garner the state more than $59 million in the first year.
There have been quite a few businesses and Washington State residents protesting this new candy tax, but it has been to no avail in the end. Many of the small candy shops in Washington State could be facing a crisis with the increased cost of buying chocolates, but the state feels that things are going to even out in the end. We will see about that, and we will also see if the state was being truthful when they revealed that the taxes would be removed after a three-year period that is just being used to get the state out of debt. July 1, 2010, could soon be looked at as the day the freedom to eat un-taxed candy in the State of Washington went away for good.