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W.Va. Food Tax Ends; Remains in Effect on Soft Drinks, Prepared Foods

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West Virginians no longer have to pay a sales tax on food as legislation repealing the tax went into effect on Monday.

The phasing out of the food tax began in 2005. It fell from 6 cents per dollar to 3 cents in 2008 and to 1 cent in 2012.

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin estimates eliminating the final 1% will save families an average $52 a year. West Virginia is now 1 of 29 states that don't tax food.

The sales tax remains in effect on soft drinks and prepared food.