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Old 02-09-2004, 11:00 PM   #1
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Can anyone tell me why the General Store at OKW charges sales tax on food (no other store outside of WDW does this)? I only purchased a couple of items, but, found it surprising that the same items at WinnDixie or WalMart were not taxed.
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Old 02-09-2004, 11:25 PM   #2
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Interesting observation! I don't know, but just a thought here that perhaps that area of WDW sits in a different county. That could explain the tax difference.
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Old 02-09-2004, 11:48 PM   #3
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If the General Store ar OKW is charging tax on food, I, too, would be interested to know why.

According to a little quick research with Google...

In Florida, food is exempt from sales tax.

The sales tax rate in both Osceola County and Orange County is 6%. The grocery stores along 192 and southern WDW are in Osceola County. Most of WDW, including OKW, is in Orange County.
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Old 02-10-2004, 06:18 AM   #4
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If the General Store ar OKW is charging tax on food, I, too, would be interested to know why.

According to a little quick research with Google...

In Florida, food is exempt from sales tax.

The sales tax rate in both Osceola County and Orange County is 6%. The grocery stores along 192 and southern WDW are in Osceola County. Most of WDW, including OKW, is in Orange County.
Not all food items are exempt. It's usuallly the core stuff that is. I believe soda's, maybe chips, foil and other similar things are taxed. Just plain food items should not be.
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Any food that is considered prepared or ready to eat immediately like chips, soda, cookies etc are taxable. Foods that are non prepared and can not be eaten immediately upon taking out of the package like a box of spaghetti, raw ground beef etc are non taxable. That is the way it is supposed to be, if OKW's store charged you tax on something non prepared, I believe that was an error.
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Old 02-10-2004, 11:52 AM   #6
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Not all food items are exempt. It's usuallly the core stuff that is. I believe soda's, maybe chips, foil and other similar things are taxed. Just plain food items should not be.
I know that in some states soda is taxable.
Just as an FYI I bought OJ for Mimosas and bread, both, IMHO, core stuff.
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Old 02-10-2004, 11:54 AM   #7
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Any food that is considered prepared or ready to eat immediately like chips, soda, cookies etc are taxable. Foods that are non prepared and can not be eaten immediately upon taking out of the package like a box of spaghetti, raw ground beef etc are non taxable. That is the way it is supposed to be, if OKW's store charged you tax on something non prepared, I believe that was an error.
Even cookies are tax exempt at local stores as are bakery items.
Chips are not taxed either. I looked at my receipts from Winn and WalMart. I did get taxed on soda (which is one of those items you always seem to be taxed on).

As I said, I bought only two items there and both items were taxed. Sort of made me wonder.
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Gail, did you happen to ask at the Store while you were there? Or call them from your room when you relaized you were taxed?
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Old 02-10-2004, 02:03 PM   #9
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The tax code in Florida is strange. If you buy a newpaper out of a news box you don't pay a tax. Buy it over the counter and you get taxed for it.

Periodicals (time, newsweek, etc) you get taxed. Here in Illinois, it is considered a news item and is not subject to tax. It comes under freedom of speech and is not taxible. Courts here ruled on it a loong time ago.

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The state of Illinois does not tax food bought in grocery stores (some items do not come under the exemption) but cities can charge 2%. The code is strange here too.
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Bread and OJ are both non taxable items !
They are in error and it needs to be fixed.
However there is no gain for them as they would just forward it to the State. I would bring it to their attention.
Maybe someone else reading this board will check it out in person if going soon.
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I know that in some states soda is taxable.
Just as an FYI I bought OJ for Mimosas and bread, both, IMHO, core stuff.
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I am proud of you...............you didn't buy .
Now come on Nick, Gail is too smart and WDW savvy to buy cigarettes at WDW for ridiculous prices (for FL) when they can be had for much cheaper right down the road at Walmart!! :D
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Gail, did you happen to ask at the Store while you were there? Or call them from your room when you relaized you were taxed?
Nope!!! That would have been the intelligent thing to do.

Actually, I was waited on by the same incompetent fool that has been working there since day 1 and I would hesitate to ask him what time it is, he would probably answer with his usual " I don't know". Figured before I made a comment to the powers that be, I would ask around here first.
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LOL, yep I did. Bought them over the net for 21.50 a carton. Bought 5 cartons, btw and shipping was 5.00, so, the cost per carton was 22.50 with shipping.

But, you can be proud that I stayed in a smoking room, followed all the rules and spoke to a smoker not smoking in a smoking area. That must count for something. Right? Huh, huh!!!
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Now come on Nick, Gail is too smart and WDW savvy to buy cigarettes at WDW for ridiculous prices (for FL) when they can be had for much cheaper right down the road at Walmart!! :D
LOL, actually they are less expensive at Sam's Club or 7-11, but, this time I brought them with me. BTW, I only went to WM once this trip, I don't think I could have tolerated a second visit.
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