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Thursday, November 01, 2007

Politically Speaking: It's the Great Pumpkin Tax

Excerpted from this post at Politically Speaking

Peanuts comic character Linus probably would be upset, and Iowa House
Minority Leader Christopher Rants definitely is. As newspaper stories
on a new tax on pumpkins in Iowa are published today on Halloween,
Sioux City Republican Rants is slamming the tax as another example of
runaway confiscation of incomes by Democrats. Or, more precisely in
his words, Democrats should "stop taxing fun." The Iowa Department of
Revenue is taxing pumpkins after a new policy determined pumpkins are
used primarily for Halloween decorations and not food, and thus should
be taxed at the 6 percent state rate. Previously, pumpkins were
considered an edible squash and exempt from taxation. The move has
pumpkin owners bemoaning a bite into their fall pumpkin sale profits
and Rants raging.

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