Lesson from Wyoming: "Simple" is Not the Same Thing as "Easy"


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Earlier this spring, Wyoming became the latest state to exempt groceries from its sales tax.

Now businesses are discovering that special sales tax exemptions can be harder to implement than they are to enact. As one local entrepreneur notes, "If the tax exemption is meant for food that's not immediately consumed will his employees need to treat the customer who buys a bagel to eat in the store differently from the customer who takes his bagel elsewhere to eat?" Sales tax exemptions are a progressive (but costly) approach to sales tax relief. ITEP has more on options for progressive sales tax reform here.

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