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    Tax on Carbonated Drinks?

    I just found out that if you go and buy a 12 pack of, say, Diet Coke, on top of the CRV fee, you are also taxed. I was informed that carbonated items such as soda are TAXABLE!

    I was NEVER aware of this. Were you?

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    Re: Tax on Carbonated Drinks?

    Quote Originally Posted by Disneyland Daddy View Post
    I just found out that if you go and buy a 12 pack of, say, Diet Coke, on top of the CRV fee, you are also taxed. I was informed that carbonated items such as soda are TAXABLE!

    I was NEVER aware of this. Were you?
    Phew! I though this was going to be emissions credit/tax question that belonged in a different thread.
    Great, now you have me searching for my last Albertson's receipt.

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    Re: Tax on Carbonated Drinks?

    It has sales tax and CRV added to it, but there's a tax because it's carbonated?

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    Re: Tax on Carbonated Drinks?

    Soda is not a food item, because it is Carbonated...

    But the craziest thing, you have to pay Sales Tax on the CRV fee!!!!
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    Re: Tax on Carbonated Drinks?

    Quote Originally Posted by Brain Toad View Post
    It has sales tax and CRV added to it, but there's a tax because it's carbonated?
    It's taxed because soft drinks aren't considered necessary. Tax-free items here in Minnesota would be food from grocery stores and clothing because they are necessary.

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    Re: Tax on Carbonated Drinks?

    ^ Clothing isn't necessary.


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    Re: Tax on Carbonated Drinks?

    Quote Originally Posted by Darkbeer View Post
    Soda is not a food item, because it is Carbonated...

    But the craziest thing, you have to pay Sales Tax on the CRV fee!!!!
    Seriously? Tax on a fee?
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    Re: Tax on Carbonated Drinks?

    ^ Clothing isn't necessary.


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    Re: Tax on Carbonated Drinks?

    Quote Originally Posted by sir clinksalot View Post
    ^ Clothing isn't necessary.
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    Re: Tax on Carbonated Drinks?

    Quote Originally Posted by BigPigletFan View Post
    It's taxed because soft drinks aren't considered necessary. Tax-free items here in Minnesota would be food from grocery stores and clothing because they are necessary.
    I knew that, I though he was referring to an extra tax besides the sales tax (because it's a processed non-essential food item) and the CRV.

    But the craziest thing, you have to pay Sales Tax on the CRV fee!!!!
    Only in California

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    Re: Tax on Carbonated Drinks?

    http://www.consrv.ca.gov/dor/gpi/faqs.htm


    Is the redemption value paid in stores taxable?
    Yes and No. In 1986, the Board of Equalization determined the redemption value was not a deposit, but a part of the cost of the product being sold at the retail level. If the product purchased is subject to sales tax, then the redemption value applied to that product is subject to sales tax. If the product purchased is not subject to sales tax, then the redemption value applied to that product is not subject to sales tax.


    Is the CRV a tax?
    No. The Legislature has declared that the redemption payment is neither a deposit nor a tax, but a regulatory fee collected for the purpose of assuring the return for recycling of a greater percentage of the beverage containers sold in the state.


    Why aren’t all beverages included in the recycling program?
    The composition of beverages included in the program is determined by statute, Section 14504 of the Public Resources Code.
    The following beverages sold in aluminum, glass, plastic, and bimetal containers are included in the program:
    • Beer and other malt beverages
    • Wine and distilled spirit coolers
    • Vegetable juice 16 ounces or less in volume
    • Carbonated and noncarbonated water, soda and mineral water, and similar soft drinks
    • Carbonated and noncarbonated fruit drinks that contain any percentage of fruit juice
    • Noncarbonated soft drinks and sport drinks
    • Coffee and tea drinks
    • Carbonated and noncarbonated fruit drinks
    The following beverages are excluded from the program:
    • Any product sold in a container that is not aluminum, glass, plastic, or bimetal
    • Wine, or wine from which alcohol has been removed, in whole or in part, whether or not sparkling or carbonated
    • Milk
    • Medical food
    • Infant formula
    • Vegetable juice in containers 16 ounces or greater in volume
    • 100% fruit juice in containers 46 ounces or greater in volume
    • Distilled spirits
    • Any beverage container product type that is not specifically included by the Act.
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    Re: Tax on Carbonated Drinks?

    So if we get taxed on the CRV, and we redeem it for recylcing...do we get to deduct the tax on the CRV? since we essentially brought it out to be even? Wouldn't it be then a false tax (or whatever its called)? :/

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    Re: Tax on Carbonated Drinks?

    I'm well aware that sodas are taxed because when I worked at Target some lady argued with me for ten minutes about the tax and finally my manager had to come and explain to this irate woman that she had to pay the tax. It was a long drawn out argument which involved us being the right party.

    I just couldn't believe she argued about 10 cents of tax when she only bought $2 worth of soda.

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    Re: Tax on Carbonated Drinks?

    Quote Originally Posted by sir clinksalot View Post
    ^ Clothing isn't necessary.
    HA

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