Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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July 1, 2013

W.Va. food tax ends, phase-out began in 2005

CHARLESTON — West Virginians no longer have to pay a sales tax on their groceries.

Legislation repealing the tax on food and food ingredients went into effect Monday.

The state began phasing out the food tax in 2005. It fell from 6 cents per dollar to 3 cents in 2008 and to 1 cent in 2012.

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin says eliminating the final 1 percent rate will save West Virginia families an average $52 a year.

Tomblin says West Virginia is now one of 29 states that don’t tax food.

The sales tax remains in effect for soft drinks, food bought from vending machines and prepared food.

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