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The Great Pumpkin Tax — UPDATE — Refund Opportunity!!

In an earlier post we mused about what the IA DOR must have been thinking when it decided to impose the Pumpkin Tax. Well, the pen is mightier than the sword I guess. The Governor must have read our blog and decided to intervene.

According to CCH, “Governor Chet Culver has directed the Iowa Department of Revenue to suspend the collection of sales tax on pumpkins.”

This directive was issued on October 31, though, so the tax savings would have been minimal, but the Governor must have been in a merry mood because he also directed that “Taxpayers who have paid the tax can apply for a refund with the Department.”

Now, I think pumkins should be exempt everywhere, but, one must ask, how does the Governor have this type of authority anyway?

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