Idaho Is the Only State to Exclude Low-Income Families from Its Grocery Tax Credit
Publication Date: February 2008
Special Collection: John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
Keywords: Economic projections; State budgets; Food costs; Income diversity
Idaho is one of seven states that taxes groceries at the same rate as other goods. It is one of five states that offer a credit or rebate to mitigate the tax. But even though the tax falls most heavily on low-income families, Idaho—unlike any other state—excludes many poor families (mostly working families) from receiving the credit.