Feeding the cookie habit tax-free?


Idaho lawmakers are being accused of trying to balance the state's budget on the backs of Brownies. At least that is the claim of many Girl Scouts, who are lobbying for a repeal of the state's sales tax on their cookie fundraisers.

Idaho is the only state other than Hawaii that collects sales tax on Girl Scout cookies. A sales tax exemption would cost the state an estimated $140,000 per year.

According to the San Francisco Chronicle, a bill has cleared the Idaho House Revenue and Taxation Committee to end the state's 6 percent tax – 22 cents per box – on Thin Mints, Tagalongs and other Girl Scout cookies.

One has to wonder whether Idaho residents living in border towns have been crossing state lines to snag their tax-free Girl Scout cookies.

"I've never felt like I was in the cookie business. I've always been in a feel good feeling business. My job is to sell joy. My job is to sell happiness. My job is to sell an experience." – Debbi Fields, founder of Mrs. Fields cookies