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About 70 types of sales exempted from state tax


CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Monday, Aug. 31, was sales tax day for the Joint Select Committee on Tax Reform. Members learned that there are more than 72 types of sales exempted from the tax. Some of those may be reconsidered, committee leaders said.

It can often boil down to fine questions like “What is candy?”

One expert told members about the countless hours of work that determined a Snickers bar is candy and taxable, while a Kit Kat is food, because it’s made with flour, and not taxable.

Members also learned that the state loses about $103 million a year in sales to West Virginia residents by out-of-state vendors that don’t collect or remit the tax to the state. But the 24-state Streamlined Sales Tax Governing Board, of which West Virginia is a member, is working to fix that. …

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