New Washington state ‘sin taxes’ hike prices of beer, bottled water, candy
Quenching your thirst, or satisfying your sweet tooth is going to be more expensive starting Tuesday. New taxes are going into effect on bottled water, candy, gum and beer.
The tax on bottled water, candy, and gum will be whatever your local sales tax rate is, while for most six-packs of beer, the added cost will be about 28 cents.
But it’s more complicated than that.
The legislature exempted microbrews from the new tax to protect local jobs, so you’re looking at paying more for just the big names like Budweiser and Coors.