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WA Candy tax begins June 1 but will not apply to all sweets

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New taxes go into effect in Washington state on June 1 raising the price on candies and other goods but in some cases products that may seem taxable will not qualify because of key ingredients.

Food items listing flour in the "Nutrition Facts" section will be exempt from the retail sales tax, according to the Department of Revenue. 

"Flour is made from grain such as wheat, rice, corn, rye, oats, and barley," the department explains online. " Flour does not include flour substitutes, such as starch."

Candy is defined for tax purposes as the preparation of sugar, honey, or other natural or artificial sweeteners combined with chocolate, fruits, nuts, or other ingredients or flavorings. It takes the form of bars, drops, or pieces and does not require refrigeration, according to the DOR.

A spreadsheet of all taxable and exempt candies is available online from the department.

Sales tax will also be applied to bottle water and the tax on mass-marketed beer will increase on June 1. A tax on soda pop begins on July 1.

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