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Sweet Victory for Dried Cranberries in State Sales Tax Tiff

Dec. 18, 2020, 5:53 PM

The campaign to ease sales tax burdens on dried cranberries finally yielded fruit after a panel of state tax administrators agreed Friday that the vitamin-packed superfood shouldn’t be defined as “candy.”

The governing board of the Streamlined Sales and Use Tax Agreement approved a plan allowing each member state to “exclude from its definition of ‘candy’ a preparation that has as its predominant ingredient dried or partially dried fruit along with one or more sweeteners.” The exclusion was added to the streamlined agreement, a pact establishing sales tax administration rules across 24 states. Taxing states would still need to enact ...

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