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.