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When you purchase a newspaper from a machine, does the price include sales tax?

Mike Voorheis

I posed this question to Kathy Tolley, single copy copy manager at the StarNews.

Tolley said that papers sold from vending machines aren’t subject to sales tax, but papers sold from retail outlets are subject to sales tax. So if you buy your copy out of the box in front of a store, you might pay 50 cents. But if you buy a copy inside a store, you might pay 53 or 54 cents.

Does it make sense? Not really. But that’s the law.

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