Posted by: Scott | Friday, June 30, 2006

Wyoming’s Big Tax-Cut

Tomorrow, July 1 marks a big day here in the Cowboy State. Groceries go tax free! That’s right, if you can hold off on buying your week’s or month’s food supply, you can save on the majority of your groceries. some exceptions do exist:

  • block or dry ice is taxable because it is bought for cooling.
  • breath strips and breath sprays are taxable because they are bought for hygienic purposes, not for taste or nutrition.

Basically, home consumption=no tax; on-site consumption=tax. However, there are exceptions still:

  • A pastry purchased from a bakery to eat at the office (or on the way there) is tax-exempt, unless a knife or other utensil is included, in which case it is taxed.
  • The big mystery remains: what happens if you order a utensil-free, tax-exempt pastry to-go and pick up a utensil on your way out the door then eat in the front outdoor area of the business.

Aside from borderline scenarios like the one described above, retailers and eateries are generally positive about the tax holiday. Consumers are very positive about it and there is a petition drive in progress to make the tax-exemption permanent. The shocker: this campaign has been spearheaded by a Democrat!



  1. Dude, I would *not* want to go to Wal-Mart tomorrow. I’m sure it would be a madhouse.

  2. That’s a typical Saturday at the Cody Wal-Mart as folks from as far as 100 miles away will travel here to do their grocery shopping. We are a rather regional Wal-Mart.

    Then take into consideration, we just passed the end of the month (generally speaking, a payday exists in that time-frame).

    Then add to that today starts the 87th annual Cody Stampede (the peak of tourist season).

    Most people that I have talked to in the past couple of weeks have had no idea about the tax holiday, so I suspect it will take a few days for word to get around.

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