As of September 1st, 2009, Illinois merchants will see changes in the sales and use taxes associated with candy, personal grooming and hygiene products and soft drinks.
What Once Was Food Now Isn’t
Candy and soft drinks, sold right there in the supermarket were once considered food (taxed at 1%). Not very good food, certainly not healthy for you in most cases, but food nonetheless. Not anymore. Items that fall within the designation of “Candy” as well as the expanded definition for “soft drinks” will be taxed at the higher general merchandise rate (6.25%).
Candy. Illinois law defines “candy” as follows: 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. This would include items that range from gum and breath mints to choco... [Read Full Article]
Government, Politics and the Economy
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Management and Operations
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With most prices on the rise, many people are probably thinking, how can it get any worse? Well it can. In Illinois, on July 1, 2008 Cook County's sales tax has gone up to 10.25 percent which is now the highest of any major city in the country. With our struggling economy, no county in the United States is safe from increasing prices including sales tax. Todd Stroger is currently the Board President in Cook County, Illinois. The reason behind the tax increase in Cook County is to fund the Stroger Administration's massive $150 spending increase over last year's budget which includes more than 1100 new county employees. So where is this massive amount of spending money going? Well, the Daily Herald newspaper explains claims that Stroger promised during his visit to Palatine and whether or not they actually are true. A truth behind what Stroger said is that Cook County provides police patrols, plowing and road services, Vista Health Care clinic services, infectious disease control and many oth... [Read Full Article]