“It helps a lot” | Mother of 5 reacts to start of grocery store sales tax suspension

Knoxville, Tenn. (WVLT) – In March, Tennessee Governor Bill Lee proposed a suspension of the state’s 4% food sales tax through August.

The state legislature agreed with Governor Lee that the people of Tennessee needed a break as inflation rose.

Monday marked the start of that suspension, leaving grocers anticipating a resumption of business.

“Many, many, yes, we had some good business today,” said Sam Moore, assistant manager of United Grocery Outlet.

Moore said the store had been preparing for the suspension for weeks, gathering inventory at the back in anticipation of strong business in August.

“About two or three weeks already is good for business,” Moore said.

Food and groceries will not carry the usual 4% sales tax on them, as they normally do.

However, alcohol, candy, and prepared meals defined as “food that the seller prepares by mixing two or more food ingredients, heating food, or selling the food with cooking utensils”, will still be subject to the sales tax.

The average Tennessee family will save $10 per trip to the grocery store in August.

” It was excellent. I think it was a good idea, especially for working mums, said Kesha Smith, mother of 5.

Smith was at UGO on Monday on her weekly shopping trip. The mother of five spent nearly $300, the average cost of a trip to the store for her.

“I have 5 kids, you know, it’s a big family, that helps a lot, really,” Smith said.

Smith admitted that she found herself tossing a few extra items into her basket as she knew she had some relief coming to checkout.

“I’m very careful, especially when you go in and do the additions, especially when you only have $300 to spend, then you’re going to calculate on your head, no you don’t have to worry about adding a tax on,” Smith said.

On his nearly $300 bill, Smith saved about $12, adding that with school starting this month, that help is more than welcome.

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