D.C. Bag Tax: What Have We Done? (Seriously, Please Explain)
Washington D.C.'s first-of-its-kind tax on disposable bags made quite a splash a week or so ago. Now the District is trying to figure out what...
Washington D.C.'s first-of-its-kind tax on disposable bags made quite a splash a week or so ago. Now the District is trying to figure out what exactly it did. From The Washington Post:
But the law has resulted in widespread confusion about which stores have to charge for bags.The proposed regulations, which will become law following a 30-day public comment period, state the tax will apply to bakeries, delicatessens, grocery stores, convenience stores that sell food, restaurants, street vendors that sell food, liquor stores as well as "any business that sells food items."The tax also will apply to stores that sell both food and non-food items, such as many pharmacies, regardless of whether a customer purchases food or another item.But the new regulations, published in the D.C. Register, state the tax will generally not apply to bags used to package goods inside food stores.Growing pains aside, I'm a huge fan of this law. I don't think it should be much of an inconvenience, either. People should just pay a nickel or get in the habit of carrying reusable bags with them when they do errands. It's not that hard.