Bitching about it pays off

November 3, 2007

A Caulk is cheap update:

Officials toss pumpkin tax

Administrators announced Wednesday that they were backing off a policy of charging sales tax on pumpkins intended for use as jack-o’-lanterns.

The decision came after The Des Moines Register reported the state’s claim that the big orange gourds did not qualify for the food exemption because they generally are used for decoration.

The department said it announced the policy last year, but it acknowledged that many people didn’t notice until Wednesday, when the story whipsawed around the Internet and drew scads of derisive comments.

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