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Old 02-15-2019, 04:01 PM
 
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I was looking at some receipts and noticed that taxable items purchased at the WM way up north were taxed at 8.25%. Taxable items purchased at the dumpy WM on Union were taxed at 8.25% AND 2.90% for a total of over 11% sales tax. What's up with that?
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Old 02-15-2019, 04:04 PM
 
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local special sales tax district taxes added to the state and local taxes.
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Old 02-15-2019, 08:26 PM
 
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I think I figured it out...the extra 2.9% listed as Tax 5 is for sugary stuff , ie candy. I rarely buy candy but bought a bag of M & Ms to make trail mix so the tax for that was added on.
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Old 02-15-2019, 08:47 PM
 
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I think I figured it out...the extra 2.9% listed as Tax 5 is for sugary stuff , ie candy. I rarely buy candy but bought a bag of M & Ms to make trail mix so the tax for that was added on.
Well, that's certainly "progressive". What's the sales tax on marijuana?
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Old 02-15-2019, 09:02 PM
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Well, that's certainly "progressive". What's the sales tax on marijuana?
Isn’t it something like 20%?
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Old Yesterday, 04:31 PM
 
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I found an article that explains it...

https://durangoherald.com/articles/137354

This is for Durango, so the taxes are different than for Colorado Springs or other towns, but it does explain this bit rather accurately...

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And speaking of indulgent consumables, that’s where the next tax line comes in, “tax 5” at 2.9 percent.

This is the sales tax on “candy and soft drinks,” according to the Walmart supervisor.

That part is quite correct.

What came next was not so correct.

The supervisor said the candy and soft drink tax was a junk-food tax initiated by Michelle Obama in her initiative to reduce child obesity.

Um. Let’s just move on.

The 2.9 percent “tax 5” is a Colorado measure dating from 2010, when the state repealed the sales-tax exemption on sugary “foods.”
Taxable items (that are not "groceries"...such as clothing, art supplies, scented candles, and party hats) you're paying the full range of applicable taxes:

3.12% City of Colorado Springs
2.9% State of Colorado
1.23% El Paso County
1.0% PPRTA

All "groceries" should be exempt, except for those classified as candy and soft drinks. Those items are subject to state sales tax at 2.9% and it's reflected as a separate line item on the receipt.

What specifically is designated as a "candy or soda" purchase however, might be weird and arbitrary, I guess. At least this website:

https://taxfoundation.org/sales-taxe...roceries-2018/

Says so...
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most states apply the sales tax to Milky Way Midnight® bars but do not tax the sale of regular Milky Way® bars, which meet the definition of a grocery.
...what?? Yeah, I dunno.

But when you see different lines for tax on a Walmart receipt, it does not mean the same item was taxed more than once, it means that different items were taxed at different rates due to being exempt from some taxes but not others.
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