Take the tax off food! End the tax on life!

  • 36 states do not tax food at the state level (31 states fully exempt food, 5 states apply only local taxes. Nearly all of the others tax food at a reduced rate or offer credits to help offset the food tax for certain taxpayers.
  • At an average state and local rate of 7.9%, Tennessee has the third highest average food tax in the nation, which puts and unfair burden on low- and middle-income families.
  • Groceries represent a much bigger portion of low-income families' budgets while it only represents a small fraction of most high-income families' budgets.
  • By eliminating the tax on food, the average family would save enough annually to buy a whole month's worth of groceries. That's like free food from Thanksgiving to Christmas.
So what are other states doing?
  • Kentucky eliminated its food tax decades ago.
  • Oct. '97 - Missouri reduced its food tax by 3%.
  • Oct. '98 - Georgia eliminated its state tax on food.
  • May '99 - N. Carolina eliminated its state food tax.
  • Jan. '00 - Virginia reduced its food tax to 4%.
  • Jan. '03 - Louisiana eliminated its state food tax.
  • July '05 - Virginia reduced its food tax to 2.5%.
  • Oct. '06 - South Carolina cut its food tax by 2%.
  • July '07 - Arkansas cut its state food tax cut in half.
  • Nov. '07 - South Carolina eliminated its state food tax.
  • Jan. '08 - Tennessee cut its food tax by a half percent.
Note: Though the state portion is completely repealed in GA, NC, and LA, local governments can still apply a small local tax.