"Take out" tax?

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Punk
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"Take out" tax?

I was just looking at some receipts and noticed that one from a Maine Mall Food Court establishment has a "Take Out Tax" that is approximately 7% of purchase.

Why was this tax levied and what is considered "take out"? Who's bright idea was this?

Could there possibly be anything else for the state to slice into my dollar earned?

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"Take out" tax?

Punk, was this on top of the usual 7% restaurant sales tax, or was it in fact the restaurant sales tax, just called a different name?

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You Bet!!

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If you've [b]got it[/b]... they'll [i][b]take it!![/b][/i]

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"Take out" tax?

[quote="Naran"]Punk, was this on top of the usual 7% restaurant sales tax, or was it in fact the restaurant sales tax, just called a different name?[/quote]

That is the only tax on the receipt, so I guess it is the restaurant tax (called take-out, even though we ate in :roll: ). What is considered a restaurant. If I have a 'take out' pizza/sandwich shop, do I charge this tax? What if there is a bench to eat at, even though no one waits on customers? Is it all non-grocery food service? What if a grocery store serves made-to-order sandwiches, is there a tax?

7%, sheesh!

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"Take out" tax?

I think if the retailer actually prepares the food, it is taxable. Better to spend several hours at maine.gov, perusing the Maine Revenue Services section;

[quote]

“'Prepared food' means:

A. Meals served on or off the premises of the retailer;

B. Food and drinks that are prepared by the retailer and ready for consumption without further preparation; and

C. All food and drinks sold from an establishment whose sales of food and drinks that are prepared by the retailer account for more than 75% of the establishment's fross receipts.

'Prepared food' does not include bulk sales of grocery staples." § 1752, sub-§8-A
[/quote]

Not sure what "fross receipts" means, probably a synonym for "curtilege".

Dan Billings
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"Take out" tax?

Bob is right. The law now covers all prepared foods. It used to just apply to restaurants, which created inequities and problems such as those mentioned above. I do not object to paying a tax on prepared foods, but do not understand why it is justified to tax at a higher rate than other sales.

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"Take out" tax?

Did it come out of the "feel good" snack tax, the attempt to punish twinkie eaters?

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[quote="Dan Billings"]Bob is right. The law now covers all prepared foods. It used to just apply to restaurants, which created inequities and problems such as those mentioned above. I do not object to paying a tax on prepared foods, but do not understand why it is justified to tax at a higher rate than other sales.[/quote]

That tax is a little higher because the dems always tell us that this particular tax is paid mostly by tourists.

Tony

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Re: You Bet!!

[quote="Martin"].

If you've [b]got it[/b]... they'll [i][b]take it!![/b][/i]

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A while back, I tried to get Maine's motto changed to: We've got what it takes, to take what you've got.

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"Take out" tax?

Many other states have heavy 'tourist taxes' on food and lodging, don't they?
Please correct me if I'm wrong.
I don't have a problem with that, but here in Maine I do have a problem with how it's spent.

Dan Billings
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"Take out" tax?

[quote="Thomas O"]Many other states have heavy 'tourist taxes' on food and lodging, don't they?
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Many other states do have such taxes but they make little sense to me. Why is certain spending more taxable than other spending? In any case, even in Maine, most meals eaten out are eaten by Maine people so it is not just a tourist tax.

The situation is even worse when you consider the things that we do not apply the sales tax to at all.

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"Take out" tax?

What I'm still not clear on is is this just a tax for the sake of taxing or does it actually go toward something that actually benefits the state (like the gas tax going to roads)?

Why not just apply the sales tax? It seems a bit greedy.

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"Take out" tax?

A very small portion of the extra tax on meals and lodging goes to tourism promotion, but the extra 2% is mainly a money grab.

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"Take out" tax?

If you're going to have welfare/Socialism, you've got to pay for it. Fun, isn't it?

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"Take out" tax?

Yesterday I went to Hannafords to grab something for lunch. In an attempt to be more health minded I utilized the salad bar and grabbed a bottled water.

My receipt has the following additional charges:

1. Bottle Deposit

2. Sales Tax 5% on the bottled water

3. Meals Tax 7% on my salad.

Meals tax on a salad I assembled and ate at work? :shock:
I knew I should have grabbed a box of [i]Little Debbies[/i] and 2 liter bottle of Pepsi instead. I would've saved myself about five bucks. :roll:

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"Take out" tax?

Well, you would have paid the bottle deposit in any case, and I bet sales tax on the soda too, since some foods are still taxed like the old snack tax list. And maybe even the Little Debbies!

So, you paid 2% more tax on your salad than you would have on the Little Debbies, but you still came out ahead in the nutrition department.
8)

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"Take out" tax?

[quote="Naran"]Well, you would have paid the bottle deposit in any case, and I bet sales tax on the soda too, since some foods are still taxed like the old snack tax list. And maybe even the Little Debbies!

So, you paid 2% more tax on your salad than you would have on the Little Debbies, but you still came out ahead in the nutrition department.
8)[/quote]

I know you're right.
I think Maine has a blue law that states you can't buy Little Debbies unless you're dressed in skin tight pastel sweat pants and a stained t-shirt with a couple of cigarette holes in it.
In blue jeans and a black turtle neck
I probably would've been arrested or at the very least fined. :D

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