No sales tax on prepared food at supermarkets, says Connecticut AG

[JURIST] Connecticut Attorney General Blumenthal issued a legal opinion Monday holding that supermarkets cannot collect sales taxes on prepared foods and must issue refunds to consumers that had been overtaxed. Prepared foods include the precooked items one can find at a deli counter, such as rotisserie chickens, sushi, or potato salad. If the supermarket has a special dining area, foods purchased and eaten in that area would be subject to sales tax. Prepared foods paid for through regular checkout lines are not taxable, except for sandwiches and coffee. Blumenthal estimates that it is possible that millions of dollars have been mistakenly collected and sent to the state's Department of Revenue Services. AP has more.



 

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