Meet Washington State's New (Super Complicated) "Tic Tax"

Tuesday, May 18, 2010 , , , 0 Comments

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and pass some of them gin beans, pls

In WTF news, Washington State is levying tax against candy but not all candy and that's sort of where it gets complicated.

Caleb shared the table of taxable tooth-rotting goodness over at Going Concern:

First off, candy needs a definition, so Department of Revenue de Washington presents its version:
“Candy” means a preparation of sugar, honey, or other natural or artificial sweeteners in combination with chocolate, fruits, nuts, or other ingredients or flavorings in the form of bars, drops, or pieces. Candy does not include any preparation containing flour. Candy does not require refrigeration.
OFTLOG. Couldn’t it just boil down to: “Anything handed out on Halloween”?

No, they couldn't. And in keeping with the American tradition of uselessly complicated tax code, there's even a table. Yes, an entire table.

I didn't have time to slog through the entire thing because a girl has shit to do but we're talking Unicorn Pops, giant gummy snakes, Pez, Swedish Fish, candy necklaces, Blow Pops and JDA favorite Sour Punch Straws, Ropes, AND Twists. Oh the fucking humanity.

Tax Policy Blog has a fun little game to play if you're curious what counts as candy in Washington State and I'll give you a hint if you promise not to tell: Kit Kats aren't on the list.

So, WA Staters, print yourself out a copy of the candy table and check the ingredients if you're not sure whether or not your fine state will be squeezing its part out of your sweet tooth. Bitches.

Oh and those buttered popcorn Jelly Bellys? Taxed. It's a travesty. Truly.

Jr Deputy Accountant

Some say he’s half man half fish, others say he’s more of a seventy/thirty split. Either way he’s a fishy bastard.