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From knowing how to buy a tax-free latte to ordering your burger like a pro, there are some things a consumer simply must know.

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"For here or to go?" Some places ask this to determine how your food will be packaged. Others, like the Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, ask this to determine how your food will be taxed under state law. If you say "for here," you will be taxed; if you say "to go," you will not. Therefore, your answer should always be "to go," even if you only plan "to go" 10 feet to the nearest table.
What? Why would they be taxed like that?

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"For here or to go?" Some places ask this to determine how your food will be packaged. Others, like the Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, ask this to determine how your food will be taxed under state law. If you say "for here," you will be taxed; if you say "to go," you will not. Therefore, your answer should always be "to go," even if you only plan "to go" 10 feet to the nearest table.
What? Why would they be taxed like that?
In Seattle, there is no tax on food. There is however tax on prepared food. Also there is a seperate restaurant tax. So an apple you buy at a supermarket would not be taxed. An apple pie at the same supermarket would be taxed at 8.8%. And that apple pie you eat at a restaurant would be taxed at 9.3%

So I am thinking that at Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, food to go is considered a grocery and not taxed, whereas food to eat there is considered restaurant and is taxed.

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In the UK, Deserts that are Take Away are Tax free and milk shakes are classed as a desert, so always ask for it to take away if you've got deserts to save a few pence
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What? Why would they be taxed like that?
Because of differences in taxes between prepared/unprepared and grocery/restaurant food.

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