MILLIONS of Americans will soon be paying less for groceries — yet only one state is offering the savings.
Alabama will cut its state grocery sales tax by one percent on September 1.
The food tax will be 3 percent for a year and could drop another point if the state borrows enough for its Education Trust Fund (ETF).
If the ETF doesn’t grow 3.5 percent over the next year, the next cut will be put on hold until it’s achieved.
Alabama buyers should be aware of a few caveats.
Reduction applies to state sales tax only.
Local food taxes are not affected by the change.
And only certain approved items are subject to curtailment.
Only items covered by the Supplemental Nutrition Assistant Program (SNAP) benefits receive the tax break.
This includes meat, poultry, fish, vegetables, bread, snacks, cereal, and seeds used to plant food.
Covered drinks must be non-alcoholic.
Hot and prepared meals are also not covered by the tax reduction.
MORE RELIEF NATIONWIDE
As Alabama tries to bring relief to residents by lowering the cost of groceries, other states continue to send money to residents to help them cope with rising prices.
Many opt for tax refunds because of large government budget surpluses.
Alaska is still sending out $3,384 in Permanent Fund Dividend (PFD) payments to residents.
The payment is a resident’s share of the state’s annual oil and gas revenue in 2022.
$662 is considered an energy relief payment and is not taxable.
The rest is considered personal income.
And Minnesota is about to issue long-awaited tax refunds ranging from $260 to $1,300.
Single taxpayers with income of $75,000 or less are eligible for $260.
Applicants with dependents must receive multiple payments totaling $260.
Families of five or more can receive a maximum of $1,300 as long as their income is $150,000 or less.
Several other states will continue to pay aid payments into the fall.
And SSI recipients will receive two payments in September.