Connecticut's Controversial Tax On Prepared Food Going Into Effect

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September 14, 2019 - 4:34 pm
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HARTFORD (WCBS 880) – People living in Connecticut will soon face a controversial tax at grocery stores.

Come Oct. 1, prepared meals you buy at a grocery store in the state, like a sandwich at the deli counter or cookies or donuts, will be taxed 7.35 percent.

Currently, meals at restaurants in the state are taxed 6.35 percent, while prepared meals from grocery stores are not taxed.

Republican state Senate minority leader Len Fasano voiced his disdain for the new bill, which was passed in June in the new state budget.

“If you buy five or less rolls, or donuts, you will be taxed 7.35 percent. If you by six, no tax,” Fasano said.

Fasano says it’s confusing exactly what items would or would not be taxed. That’s all in a lengthy memo sent out by the state’s Tax Department.

“I don’t know how you do self-checkout. It is a mess, but this is done because it is called a money grab,” Fasano said.

Republicans like Fasano are slamming the tax, while Democrats say the state will make $158 million over this fiscal year and next.

A spokesman for Democratic Gov. Ned Lamont says the state will have the largest rainy day fund in history and that Republicans have no alternative plan.