SEATTLE—Quenching your thirst, or satisfying your sweet tooth is going to be more expensive starting Tuesday. New taxes going are going into effect on bottled water, candy, gum and beer.
The tax on bottled water, candy, and gum will be whatever your local sales tax rate is, while for most six-packs of beer, the added cost will be about 28 cents.
The legislature exempted microbrews from the new tax to protect local jobs, so you're looking at paying more for just the big names like Budweiser and Coors.
And there's a chance you might get to keep that 28 cents in your wallet for awhile.
The beer tax is actually just on retailers, but they are going to pass the tax onto consumers. Still, they are not taxed on whatever they have in stock as of the beginning of the month, so only new shipments will feature the 28 cent price increase.
The tax on candy is a bit funky too, because some items like "Twix" that you've been told is candy since you were a kid, is not, according to the state.
Washington has a LIST with 3,000 items that tries to sort out what is candy... and what isn't.
It turns out, it's all about whether it contains flour or not. For example, Three Musketters will be taxed. So will Gummi Bears and M&Ms and Wrigley's gum. However, Milky Way, Nestle's Crunch and Twizzlers won't be.
The state defines candy as a preparation of sugar, honey, or other natural or artificial sweeteners combined with chocolate, fruits, nuts, or other ingredients or flavorings and formed into bars, drops or pieces. Candy does not include any preparation containing flour and does not require refrigeration.
There's a lot to the candy tax, and if you have any questions, you can find out the answers HERE.
There's also more information on the bottled water tax, which you can find HERE.
A tax on soda takes effect July 1st.
Those taxes will be paid at the wholesale level and then passed on to consumers in the form of higher prices. The state hopes the new taxes will raise $800 million dollars.