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BeachSt July 8th, 2013 11:42am

The meal tax here is 5.5%. The sales tax is 6% (went up July 1st). The effective tax rate we pay on prepared food and beverage is 11.5%. Our city ranks 3rd in the nation's 50 largest cities. Would you still retire at the Beach with such a tax?

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MJSeals Esq.
07/10/13 2:45 pm

Those taxes are still cheaper then NY

Skarface Banned
07/08/13 1:27 pm

Why do people continue to complain about taxes when we have much more pressing issues to deal with?

BeachSt Coastal Virginia
07/08/13 4:17 pm

There's nothing more important than a meal tax, skar. Plus, I think some time can be taken out of the day to just talk about less heavy subjects. That abortion stuff was draining.

ModerateGOP26 Maine
07/08/13 1:11 pm

My family has been in one state forever ... But with the increasingly liberal tax policies in the last decade, I'm very much considering high tailing it out to Arizona for retirement!

BeachSt Coastal Virginia
07/08/13 4:18 pm

Wow, one state? I couldn't imagine not moving around. I hate staying in one place for soooo long. It's just really pretty here. I'll be leaving the wonderful Virginia, though. Probably within 10 years.

Arkansas123 Neoconservative
07/08/13 11:06 am

The tax is 11 percent here.

brinrawson Knoxville and DC
07/08/13 10:57 am

Our taxes here are higher and slightly lower on prepared foods.

PeppyHare Do a barrel roll
07/08/13 10:22 am

We pay no tax on food here... Sounds like one of those tourist traps...

BeachSt Coastal Virginia
07/08/13 4:21 pm

Duh, you're so smart. That IS one of the ways the city raises money from tourists. It's our billion dollar industry besides the military. But the meal tax is even higher in our surrounding cities...and they don't have beaches. Hm.

BeachSt Coastal Virginia
07/09/13 11:48 am

I was saying duh to myself. That wasn't sarcasm :)

BeachSt Coastal Virginia
07/08/13 11:44 am

Tax on prepared food an beverage. Starbucks, McDonald's, Olive Garden, Cheeseburger in Paradise. Those all would have an 11.5% tax here (12.5% in the surrounding cities).

Kay41 the Midwest
07/08/13 6:36 am

I would retire to the place I love. If the sales tax is high then so be it.

07/08/13 6:29 am

Third largest city? That's Chicago unless I misunderstood something in your question.

Those taxes do rival Chicago's, though. Too high.

BeachSt Coastal Virginia
07/08/13 11:45 am

Third highest tax out of 50 largest cities.

07/09/13 1:13 am

Oh, I gotcha. Probably because of the "eating tax." Happily, I've never heard of such a thing.

susanr Colorado
07/08/13 6:24 am

The cost of having a restaurant meal would probably be the last thing on my mind when deciding where to retire.

BeachSt Coastal Virginia
07/08/13 11:46 am

Well it's on everything food related. This is in addition to the grocery tax. I know what you mean, just curious.

rebelfury76 No Justice, No Peace
07/08/13 5:56 am

If you were paid $20, $16 would make it to your pocket. When going to lunch you'd only have $14 of buying power, even less if you tip. You could essentially be down to $10 of buying power.

When is enough, enough?

TopsQueen Oregon Coast
07/08/13 5:41 am

Well we are retiring at the beach. No sales tax. No food tax. I guess we just chose the right beach.

DavesNotHere where am I
07/08/13 7:49 am

That's why I'm considering moving out west when I retire.

ModerateGOP26 Maine
07/08/13 1:14 pm

^ This. It's sad, when I really think about it ... But quite frankly, at that point I will be SO sick of being taxed to death ... Already keep less than half of income. ???? Which again, no matter how socially moderate I am, is why I go GOP.

Doopy Remedial Americanism
07/08/13 5:08 am

West coast for me.

BeachSt Coastal Virginia
07/08/13 5:10 am

You choose hippy Washington over good ol Virginia?

Doopy Remedial Americanism
07/08/13 5:12 am

No, WA beaches suck. I chose Oregon.

07/08/13 4:55 am

A retirement community need tax income and since the retirees often don't have any income, they need to broaden the base. I like the idea of consumption taxes instead of income taxes. That rate is steep though.

07/08/13 4:51 am

I don't quite understand the vote options?

BeachSt Coastal Virginia
07/08/13 5:09 am

I always leave at least one clear answer so that people know the other one is the dissenting choice. Myrtle Beach is our big ol rival. Everyone compares the Beach to myrtle beach.