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Issue Date: Vol. 51, No. 1, January 2011, Posted On: 12/30/2010

Georgia Operators Count Down To Jan. 1 Tax Relief

Emily Jed
Georgia Automatic Merchandising Council, Chuck Martin, Randy Smith, Geoff Paul,Robb Willis, Samantha Hill, Troutman Sanders LLC, vending, vending machine tax, vending machine tax repeal, Georgia vending industry

ALPHARETTA, GA -- Beginning Jan. 1 in Georgia, all vending items, packaged beverages and candy are among the foods that will be subject to local taxes only.

According to Informational Bulletin SUT 2010-12-23 on Taxation of "Food and Food Ingredients" and "Prepared Food," as of Jan. 1, 2011, "Food will no longer be defined by reference to the federal Food Stamp Act of 1977," and section 7b-2 states that vending machine items will only be subject to local taxes.

The bulletin was released to provide guidance to dealers that sell food, food ingredients and prepared food regarding changes to and clarification of certain sales tax provisions. The changes will supersede all previous documents and oral directives in conflict.

The Georgia Automatic Merchandising Council hailed the end to the state tax, and extended its appreciation to Rep. Chuck Martin (R-Alpharetta), GAMC ex officio Randy Smith and president Geoff Paul, lobbyists Robb Willis and Samantha Hill of Troutman Sanders LLC, and the association's active members for their efforts that contributed to the victory.

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