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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Dec 2008
    falcon heights, minnesota

    just when you thought you couldn't make it up fast enough...

    On a rainy Wednesday morning, straphangers seize their consciousness from a freshly sliced bagel with cream cheese and a cup of piping hot coffee.
    But with New York's budget mired in red territory, the state's Department of Taxation and Finance is ramping up its audits on a subtle food tax policy. CBS 2 New York breaks down the issue that is threatening to slice one upstate bagel chain's bank account -- what constitutes a prepared food item?

    For three years, Bruegger's Bagels looked past a punch to consumers' wallets -- if an item is handled or eaten in a store, it has a tax attached to it. Now, they've hired an attorney to fight off three years of backed-bagel taxes. As the New York Post writes, the slicing fee adds almost 10 percent to a patron's receipt at any local food oulet. Either the customer takes the hit at the exit, or the business takes the hit for forgetting the charge.

    CBS 2 New York dove into some other common situations that may affect your morning rush. Buy a cup of coffee that you pour yourself and it's tax free. Buy one that's filled by a store employee behind the counter, and pay that aforementioned tax. Select a whole cake from your local grocery store, and pay a flat rate. Purchase a slice of cake from a pastry shop's cold case, and serve up a few more pennies.
    benedictione omnes bene

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Lakeport NY and/or the nearest hotel
    And they wonder why people like me are high-tailing it OUt of state? Is it July yet?

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Apr 2010
    North of Reno, NV...middle of the desert
    Crazy politics and high taxes is why we high-tailed it out of California (a state this native swore she would never, ever leave about 30 years ago). I guess, never say never. Just leave and weep.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Delton, Michigan
    its just part of politics and how they like paying there bills with others money..there are many similar stories i am sure if we were told the rest of the many other states.. ours has its hidden spots as well.
    If in Doubt, Build it Stout!
    One hand washes the other!
    Don't put off today till tomorrow!

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Feb 2009
    Whittier, CA, USA
    Back in the nineties in an amusement park we had to program the point of sale system for all sorts of gotchas for taxing pastries. Less than a dozen single items (cookies, danishes) had to be taxed, a dozen or more were considered a bulk/family purchase. Loaves that were sliced were taxed, whole ones weren't. There were other things too regarding candy, but these were the ones I remembered.
    Dan Gonzales
    Whittier, CA, USA
    Dona nobis pacem

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Mar 2008
    new york city burbs
    If they start taxing toilet paper if you use it in the bathroom, Im in a whole lotta trouble.
    I could live without the bagels.
    I love NY State. (no sarcasm here, I really love NY state)

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