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13 States Impose a Sales Tax on Food

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The Whole Foods Market in Midtown New York is seen on June 16, 2017. (Timothy A. Clary/AFP/Getty Images)

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Thirteen U.S. states impose a sales tax on food, ranging from a low of 1 percent in Illinois to a high of 6.5 percent in Kansas. Seven states have no sales tax whatsoever, while 30 collect sales taxes on some items but not food.

In three states without a statewide sales tax on food, food sales are subject to local sales taxes.

Utah and Virginia both have a statewide sales tax on food, a portion of which is levied by local governments. The map below tells you the food sales tax status of each state. (Click here for interactive map.)

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The states without any statewide sales tax are Alaska, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Montana, New Hampshire, and Oregon. Below is a summary of states that do levy a sales tax on food or allow their local governments to do so.

Sales tax rates, 2017

State

Is food taxable?

Rate if food is taxable

Notes

Alabama

Taxable

4%

Arkansas

Taxable

1.5%

Food sales are subject to local sales taxes.

Georgia

No state sales tax

N/A

Food sales are subject to local sales taxes.

Hawaii

Taxable

4%

Idaho

Taxable

6%

Illinois

Taxable

1%

Kansas

Taxable

6.5%

Louisiana

Exempt

N/A

Food sales are subject to local sales taxes.

Mississippi

Taxable

7%

Missouri

Taxable

1.225%

North Carolina

Exempt

N/A

Food sales are subject to local sales taxes.

Oklahoma

Taxable

4.5%

South Dakota

Taxable

4.5%

Tennessee

Taxable

5%

Food sales are subject to local sales taxes.

Utah

Taxable

3%

This includes a statewide 1.25% tax levied by local governments.

Virginia

Taxable

2.5%

This includes a statewide 1% tax levied by local governments.

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