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Old 08-30-2010, 07:45 PM
 
Location: Downtown San Diego, CA 92101
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Default No Tax on Takeout Food Items at Restaurants= What?!

I ate at a sandwich shop today and the guy at the counter said "To Go or Dine In"? I said I'll eat it here. I notice the price was set at X Dollars then after I said I'll eat here he added more money to the bill. I said what is going on? He said, o if you order To Go/Takeout there is no sales tax in California but if you dine-in we have to charge tax.

This is the most ridiculous thing I've heard in quite some time. I am not sure why I never heard of this before today but nonetheless now I know. I did some brief internet research which confirms this is accurate. Does anyone else know about this? What's your take on this?
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Old 08-30-2010, 09:37 PM
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I ate at a sandwich shop today and the guy at the counter said "To Go or Dine In"? I said I'll eat it here. I notice the price was set at X Dollars then after I said I'll eat here he added more money to the bill. I said what is going on? He said, o if you order To Go/Takeout there is no sales tax in California but if you dine-in we have to charge tax.

This is the most ridiculous thing I've heard in quite some time. I am not sure why I never heard of this before today but nonetheless now I know. I did some brief internet research which confirms this is accurate. Does anyone else know about this? What's your take on this?
Well, I do believe this is true in some other states too. My friend told me about this in Ohio too. I think it sort of has to do with "going out" to eat and being taxed because it's a luxury.

I believe item b and c on this document go over it, maybe some other sections too.
http://www.boe.ca.gov/pdf/reg1603.pdf (broken link)
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Old 08-31-2010, 10:38 AM
 
Location: SLC, UT, Ketchum, ID, Southern Cal.
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Does anyone else know about this? What's your take on this?
Yes. People know.

Did you also know that even if you get your food to go, and its warmed up, then it is susceptible to tax?
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