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Idaho Is the Only State to Exclude Low-Income Families from Its Grocery Tax Credit

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Publication Date: February 2008

Publisher(s): Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (Washington, D.C.)

Author(s): Phil Oliff; Nicholas Johnson

Special Collection: John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

Topic: Banking and finance (Taxation and tax policy)

Keywords: Economic projections; State budgets; Food costs; Income diversity

Type: Report

Coverage: Idaho


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.