How Much Sales Tax Does the Easter Bunny Pay?

March 21, 2008

Easter Bunny’s Iowa Sales Tax Bill for One Easter Basket

Item and Amount
Used per Basket

Price (a)

Price per Basket

City Where Purchased

Tax Rate (State Rate of 5% Plus Local Rate)

Tax per
Basket

Basket

$1.99

$1.99

West
Burlington

7%

$0.14

Easter grass, 1/2 package

2 packs for $3.00

$0.75

Farnhamville

5.5%

$0.04

4 plastic eggs

$5 for 24 eggs

$0.84

Moorland

6%

$0.05

Jelly beans to fill plastic eggs, 1/4 package

$2.00 per package

$0.50

Yarmouth

7%

$0.04

Hershey’s Whoppers Mini Robin’s Eggs malted milk balls
to fill plastic eggs, 1/3 package

2 packs for $3.00

$0.50

Kingston

7%

exempt
because they contain flour

Chocolate rabbit

$2.50

$2.50

Adair

6%

$0.15

3 dyed eggs
(Easter Bunny mixes his own plant-based dyes; no commercial dyes were purchased, only plain eggs)

2 dozen for $3.00

$0.38

Sperry

7%

exempt (food)

Total

$7.46

$0.42

(a) Prices were found at ShopLocal.com.

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