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Here's a seasonal sales tax question: Does a consumer purchasing a pumpkin pay sales tax?

The correct answer: iI the pumpkin is in its raw state (undressed, uncarved or otherwise unadorned), it is not taxable. It is considered a food item which could just as well wind up in the oven in a pie as a decoration on a front porch.

However, if your pumpkin has been decorated it is no longer a food item and is taxable.

So trick out your pumpkin at home and save the sales tax.

For more information on what is and is not subject to the sales and use tax, consult DOR's Guide to Sales and Use Tax.

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