Grocers are going on the offensive long before a predicted tax battle begins, and it’s probably a good thing.
Last week the The Northwest Grocery Association filed the paperwork to petition for a ballot measure in 2018 to constitutionally bar taxes on food. The initiative would prohibit taxes at every point of food sales, from production, processing, wholesale and retail, with the exception of meals served at restaurants. It would not include alcoholic beverages, marijuana products or tobacco products.
According to the initiative’s language, it would go beyond just banning a sales tax — it would prohibit “a gross receipts tax, commercial activity tax, value-added tax, excise tax, privilege tax, and any other similar tax on the sale of groceries.”