Free bags -- but at a price
By Mitch Wander
In his Jan. 10 letter, “What the bag law has accomplished,” Bryan Dierlam noted that by shopping in Virginia he saved 55 cents on plastic bags, while paying $2.36 in sales tax. He commented that, “I’m not sure that shifting sales tax revenue from the District to Virginia is what the law’s proponents had in mind, but that will be the law’s effect in our household.”
His desire to obtain “free” bags, given his priorities, is understandable. But his decision to shop in Virginia will impact his family budget more than it will District sales tax revenue. He is choosing to pay taxes on his groceries by crossing the Potomac to shop. The District does not charge any sales tax on groceries. Virginia charges 2.5 percent.
| January 14, 2010; 4:45 PM ET
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