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Does sales tax apply to take-out food? That depends
Does sales tax apply to take-out food? That depends

Bud recently went to a Subway outlet in La Mirada. He says he was charged a sales tax, even though his order was to-go. His question is straightforward: Can a California restaurant charge sales tax for take-out food? And the answer, as in many tax questions, is maybe. ASK LAZ: Smart answers to consumer questions Here's what the State Board of Equalization has to say: "It does not matter whether a food product or beverage is sold a la carte or as part of a meal. If it is sold for consumption at your place of business, it is generally subject to tax." So if you dine at the restaurant, you'll pay a sales tax. "When food is sold on a to-go or take-out...

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