Incentives Watch: Will Lawmakers ‘Be Prepared’ to Give the Girl Scouts A Tax Exemption or Are Chances Thin (Mint)?

It’s that time of year again – Girl Scout cookies are back! While entering the local supermarket to get groceries or grabbing a coffee at Starbucks, you’ve probably encountered the stand filled with those delicious cookies being sold by young girls wearing their green uniforms.

As it turns out, those little cookies are subject to some big sales taxes. In Idaho, the 6 percent sales tax rate results in 22 cents being knocked off every cookie box, which now sells for $3.75 a piece, notes an article in The Spokesman-Review.

However, that may not be the case for long, as Idaho recently began the process of giving the Girl Scouts a sales tax break on their cookies, reports the article. The Idaho House Tax Committee passed the bill, H.B. 250, which is now continuing through the legislative process.

The likelihood of the sales tax exemption being enacted by the Idaho Senate is not likely, according to a LocalNews8.comarticle. As Idaho already has over 100 sales tax exemptions in place, lawmakers are weary to continue enacting other tax breaks for special interest groups, notes the article.

For more information about the various state food sales tax exemptions, check out Bloomberg BNA’s Sales and Use Tax Navigator.

In other developments . . .

The Florida Department of Revenue recently issued an emergency rule regarding the research and development tax credit in order to explain the credit's calculation and application procedure, according to a Bloomberg BNA Weekly State Tax Reportarticle.

By: Kathleen Caggiano

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