OLYMPIA, WASH. - Along with the month of June come new sales taxes in Washington on candy, bottled water and mass market beer.
Applying the state sales tax to candy is a little confusing because it doesn't apply to sweets with flour content that are still considered food.
And the beer tax doesn't apply to microbrews, to give state brewers a break.
The taxes were approved by lawmakers to help pay for state spending.
A $1-a-pack cigarette tax took effect last month and a new tax on soda tax takes effect in July.
New taxes in Washington:
• Beer: 28 cents per six-pack on mass-marketed beer (microbrews excluded)
• Candy: adds sales tax (sweets made with flour excluded)
• Chewing gum: adds sales tax
• Bottled water: adds sales tax
• Cigarettes: $1 per pack increase started May 1
• Service businesses: business-and-occupation surcharge started May 1
• Soda: 2-cent excise tax per 12-ounce bottle or can starts July 1