If you went shopping on Monday, you might have noticed a small price difference on your grocery bill.The sales tax on food has been completely eliminated in our state.
The phase out of this sales tax has slowly been taking place since 2005, and finally met its end Monday. This tax elimination will only be applied when you buy food and food ingredients, like groceries. It will not apply when you buy food in a restaurant.
This has many people in our area still questioning whether it will help them save money.
The elimination of the food tax comes as part of a larger effort to make the tax system more balanced and efficient for both families and businesses. This has some local food pantries, and soup kitchens in our area happy about the potential rise in donations.
"We get a lot of our food from donations, from the communities, from the churches, and businesses and different organizations in the Mannington area. So I hope that it's easier for them to buy the food and donate it to the food pantry." said Colleen Morris, Director of the Mannington Food Pantry.
It is Governor Tomlin's hope that this state wide elimination of the food tax will allow families to keep more of their hard earned money in their hands.