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AC256_Finley_Joey_Proposed_Change_of_Arizona_Food_Tax_Legislation_Unit 9

AC256_Finley_Joey_Proposed_Change_of_Arizona_Food_Tax_Legislation_Unit 9

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Running head: PROPOSED CHANGE OF ARIZONA FOOD TAX LEGISLATION 1 Proposed Change of Arizona Food Tax Legislation Joey Finley Kaplan University Federal Tax AC256 Emil Koren July 19, 2011
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Proposed Change of Arizona Food Tax Legislation The state of Arizona has of late brought up a proposition to increase the tax on retail food purchases. The state itself does not impose a charge of sales tax on groceries bought at stores within its borders, although each city themselves are permitted to require a food tax if they wish and generally most of them do, with the exception of Mesa and Surprise. As of April 2010, Phoenix, the state’s capital which had not had a previous food tax, initiated a 2% tax upon groceries (Hedding, 2011) and has remained at that percentage since then. This tax hike proposal has come about due to in part because of the state’s and city’s budgets. Late last week a city council meeting was held to discuss budget issues and possible ways to lessen the state’s debt and tried to figure out ways of increasing a tax income. As touchy
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