What It Will Cost
For example, if a bucket of chicken costs $15.00, and the food and beverage tax is in place, it would cost $15.15, or a penny (1%) on each dollar spent.
If you are dining out in a local restaurant and your total tab is $10.00, it would cost $10.10 if the tax was in place. Again, only a penny on each dollar spent.
A couple of beers at a local bar may cost you $6.00. With the tax in place, your new cost would be $6.06.
What is NOT taxed?
Groceries, for the most part. Most groceries are not subject to the excise tax. Only items purchased that are prepared would be subject to the food and beverage tax. This includes items from a restaurant or a hot deli foods department in a grocery store and are sold as ready-to-eat food products. Taxable examples include foods like fried chicken, fried or prepared fish, or other hot food items sold at the deli.
Non-perishable items such as cleaning products, laundry soaps, household items, or furniture would not be part of the food and beverage tax. Electronics, computers, TVs, or other entertainment devices are not subject to the tax, nor are vehicles of any kind.
Packaged alcohol like beer, wine, or liquor is not taxed unless served in a glass at a restaurant, bar, or lounge in a ready-to-consume state. Once served, it is then considered a prepared product and would be taxed.