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Feb 19, 2010 Mike_Gowrylow commented on Tax Break Me Off a Piece of That Kit-Kat Bar! (Or, When a Candy Is Not a Candy.).
In response to @33 (and @25), the use of flour to differentiate candy from non-candy food products is the result of a national debate conducted by the Streamlined Sales Tax Project, a consortium of states working together to ease the burden of tax collection by businesses that operate in multiple states, including online and mail-order retailers. The group struggled with how to define candy, and ultimately agreed to define it as the article describes. Using flour to differentiate between a candy bar and a cookie may not be a perfect solution, but it is clear and the best one the group could develop. Washington is a member of the consortium and must adhere to this definition.
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Feb 18, 2010 Mike_Gowrylow commented on Tax Break Me Off a Piece of That Kit-Kat Bar! (Or, When a Candy Is Not a Candy.).
We actually do not expect much confusion over this issue among retailers because if this legislation passes, we will provide them with a list that identifies both taxable candy products and nontaxable candy-like products. Flour is excluded from the candy definition so products such as cookies are not taxable. This is a standard definition already being used by many states. If a product is not on the list, we will encourage retailers to ask us if the product is taxable or not, and they can rely on our response.

Mike Gowrylow
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