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William R Dyson

Panel Avoids State Sales Tax on Food for Home Consumption

Should the state's sales tax be charged on lobsters, caviar and high-end cheeses for billionaires in Greenwich?

Currently, food that is purchased for consumption in a person's home is tax-free - regardless of the price of the food and whether the person is the richest in the state or is living under poverty in a tough neighborhood.

An advisory tax panel battled over that question Tuesday at the state Capitol complex as they tried to determine the best ways to levy taxes in Connecticut.

The committee's co-chairman, former Sen. William Nickerson of Greenwich, said that food should not be taxed. In the end, the committee agreed.

"Food and shelter are the basics...

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