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A store in Buffalo is adding tax and bottle deposits when customers use there food stamps card, who can we report this to?

Buffalo, NY |

A convenience store here in Buffalo is charging tax and bottle deposits for customers who use food stamps.

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  1. See enclosed link which will be of use to you. Although not my area of expertise, I believe sales tax is a no-no to add to the cost BUT bottle deposits are appropriate.
    http://www.fns.usda.gov/snap/retailers/pdfs/Retailer_Training_Guide.pdf

    My answer is not intended to be giving legal advice and this topic can be a complex area where the advice of a licensed attorney in your State should be obtained.


  2. Sales Tax
    You cannot charge State or local sales taxes on eligible items
    purchased with SNAP benefits. You may not include the
    sales tax in the purchase price as a hidden cost. Keeping
    eligible and ineligible items separate if you do not have
    electronic cash registers and scanners will also prevent you
    from accidentally charging sales tax on eligible items. If you
    have questions about your State’s sales tax laws, you should
    contact your State tax department.

    Bottle Deposits
    SNAP benefits can cover the entire cost of items such as
    eligible drinks in returnable bottles where the price includes a
    specific bottle deposit. This is true even if the deposit is not
    included in the shelf price.

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