McDonald's Corp. Informative - Taxes - hamburgers

Review by earl I on 2006-12-12
HOUSTON, TEXAS -- Help! Iam being taxed to death. Checked my receipt from the drive thru window at McDonald's,it listed a tax of 17 cents for carry out.Never heard of a carry out tax sounds like someone has created a new form of taxing.I guess that lazy people are being singled out for discrimanation. You mean that if I went inside that I would not have been charged carry out tax on my order. This is serious business the next tax may be a tax for using the restrooms.Please have someone answer in plain English or Spanish.I have reached my wits end when it comes to donating my money to the Federal Government.A quick reply to this perplexing problem would be appreciated very much.
Comments:14 Replies - Latest reply on 2006-12-14
Posted by bho55 on 2006-12-12:
I've seen this before also my McDonalds receipts. It doesn't happen every time I go through the drive thru also. Definitely some attention, maybe media attention should be brought to the attention of this..
Posted by Justusryan on 2006-12-12:
.17 cents? C'mon, thats not too much!
Posted by bill on 2006-12-12:
I don't think it is a federal tax. Probably a state, county or city tax. Either way it sounds like a stupid tax.
Posted by Anonymous on 2006-12-12:
Maryland, Virginia and D.C have been charging sales tax on carry out for a long time.
Posted by tnchuck100 on 2006-12-12:
I have seen this in Tennessee also. Here it is simply the regular state sales tax. It is a very poor decision on McDonald's part to label it as a "carry out tax" and "eat in tax". But, then again, corporate is probably totally ignorant of what is happening at the street level. Their only concern is the bottom line.
Posted by S on 2006-12-12:
We have something similar here in Illinois. When I moved here from a non-carry-out tax state (MI), I was annoyed by it. But you become numb to it as with most donations to the government.
Posted by Anonymous on 2006-12-12:
Well said Sparticus - Cracked me up.
Posted by Anonymous on 2006-12-12:
Long but true:

The duties of the Revenue Administration are as follows:

a) to implement the state revenue policy, determined by the Ministry,

b) to facilitate the adaptation of taxpayers to tax and to carry out services,

c) to take necessary measures in order to protect taxpayer’s rights and relations based on mutual confidence between Ministry and taxpayers,

d) to inform taxpayers about their rights and obligations arising from the tax laws,

e) to participate in the law and by-law workings related to the state revenues policy,

f) to ensure the collecting of the governmental claims and to take necessary measures on this matter,

g) to take necessary measures in order to reduce disputes to the minimum level and to provide application accord,

h) to collect information about taxation and to implement the data processing activities,

i) to measure the costs of all exceptions, exemption and discounts in the tax laws or other fiscal laws, and to analyze their economic and social effects,

j) to carry out tax inspection and audit at the direction of main policies and strategies determined by the Ministry and to take necessary measures in order to prevent tax lost and invasion,

k) to take measures in order to ensure that the implementation of the local administration revenues policy is in compliance with the state revenues policy,

l) to review all proposals of laws and drafts of laws effecting revenues and to notify its decisions on these regulations,

m) to cooperate with other institutions and organizations on implementation of the revenue laws and to carry out data trade with this purpose,

n) to observe international events in the field of its function and to cooperate with the EU, international organizations and other states,

o) in accordance with the laws, to carry out operations for the deletion of tax dues and other governmental claims , of which due time is over,

p) to ensure to gain the qualified human resource, to improve perfection, to make career plans and to measure their performance,

q) to prepare organizational ethic rules in the frame of rules determined by the Civil Servants Ethic Committee and to announce to the employees and taxpayers,

r) to announce activity results to the public in regular times and to explain the annual activity report to the public,

s) to carry out other duties assigned by laws.
Posted by Anonymous on 2006-12-12:
Nice google.
Posted by spiderman2 on 2006-12-12:
Pirate, don't let your jealous side show, it isn't pretty.
Posted by Shakra on 2006-12-12:
In England, it is exactly the opposite. They charge you a 10% fee if you're dining in, but take away is free. I'll have to look for this the next time I order take away.
Posted by Nohandle on 2006-12-12:
Earl, take a moment to check your receipt again. Was the rate charged for tax the same as the rate charged in your area? I noticed a while back on a carryout the same thing "carry out" sales tax. No additional tax charged and the rate was the same.

Obviously Corporate McDonald's has the computer programming set to take care of any possibility. Shakra mentioned the differences in England. I think the difference in tax has to do with the local or state level. Some states, Florida being an example, don't charge sales tax on least not on the grocery story level.

Tax us until we die and then tax our heirs on what little bit is left.
Posted by tnchuck100 on 2006-12-13:
Florida DOES charge sales tax on PREPARED food.
Posted by Bababooey on 2006-12-14:
Florida is becoming another New Jersey... Taxing the schit out of us!

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