Washington Secretary of State Sam Reed is expected to certify for the November ballot an initiative that would repeal the sales tax on candy, end the temporary sales tax on bottled water, repeal the temporary excise tax on carbonated beverages, and restore the reduced business and occupation (B&O) tax rate for certain food processors. S.B. 6143, Laws 2010, imposed sales tax on candy effective June 1, 2010, imposed sales tax on bottled water from June 1, 2010, through July 1, 2013, and imposed an excise tax on carbonated beverages from July 1, 2010, through June 30, 2013. The legislation also narrowed the B&O preferential tax rate for fruit and vegetable manufacturers by requiring that end products be comprised either (1) exclusively of fruits and/or vegetables, or (2) of any combination of fruits, vegetables, and certain other substances that, cumulatively, may not exceed the amount of fruits and vegetables contained in the product measured by weight or volume.
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