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Food stamps and taxes.

Some one suggested that people on food stamps should pay taxes on their food-stamps. If the majority of the people on food-stamps work, does that mean they would be paying taxes twice?

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Asked by Anonymous at 1:42 AM on Mar. 31, 2009 in Politics & Current Events

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  • No, because the taxes they pay on any working income is entirely separate from any taxes they would pay for the income that is food stamps. More income = more taxes.

    Answer by Anonymous at 1:48 AM on Mar. 31, 2009

  • No... but they don't pay taxes cuz if they did it would cost MORE to feed a family... Therefore someones foodstamps would go up, costing more for everybody... get what Im saying. See, without taxes on foodstamps the state can get away with giving less, and people can still eat for a month. Hope that makes sense...

    Answer by soonmommyof3 at 1:50 AM on Mar. 31, 2009

  • majority of people on fs don't work.... fs don't tax?? i didn't know that...

    Answer by JuLiAnSmOmMy317 at 2:37 AM on Mar. 31, 2009

  • Food isn't taxable because food is considered a neccessity to live, this may vary in each state not sure though

    Answer by Red_Mama0723 at 4:03 AM on Mar. 31, 2009

  • most of the people I know on food stamps don't even get as much food stamps as what they are paying out in taxes every week in their pay checks. He we do pay tax on food though but those using food stamps do not pay tax on what they buy with the food stamps. I don't know why somebody would think taxing food stamps would be a good thing though. It just makes food more expensive for those who can't afford it in the first place.


    Answer by babyfat5 at 4:45 AM on Mar. 31, 2009

  • red-mama
    THAT'S what I was going to say! If food stamps are indeed being spent on FOOD, like they're supposed to be, then the tax issue is moot!

    Answer by LoriKeet at 8:18 AM on Mar. 31, 2009

  • Red...not sure where you live, but food is taxed here in AL. Food STAMPS aren't.

    Answer by momof030404 at 8:19 AM on Mar. 31, 2009

  • Red_mama - food is taxed in Tennessee. At a rate of about 9%.

    Answer by momof3inTN at 8:57 AM on Mar. 31, 2009

  • No, because if your income is low enough to qualify for FS then the odds are pretty good that at income tax time you are also eligible for EIC and you get all your taxes back and then some, so you don't really pay any tax at all.

    Having said that, I don't think they should tax food stamps. There is no tax on food in NY unless it is "prepared" food (ie. subs, pizza and the like).

    Answer by Dawn4175 at 8:58 AM on Mar. 31, 2009

  • There is no sales tax on food here in Washington State, so no, those on food stamps shouldn't be singled out to pay taxes on their food when the rest of us don't.

    Answer by pagan_mama at 9:36 AM on Mar. 31, 2009

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