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Monday, December 17, 2007

Tax Free Christmas Presents

For those of you still shopping for Christmas gifts - here is a list of gift ideas, based on products that are exempt from the Pennsylvania Sales Tax:

Food - not generally a great gift, but Christmas sausage seems fairly common
Candy and Gum - always popular
Personal Hygiene Products - other than electric toothbrushes or razors, these are among the worst Christmas presents you can buy (e.g. deodorant, mouth wash)
Newspapers and Magazine Subscriptions - not a bad gift idea
Clothing and Footwear - common Christmas gifts, and perfect for letting your kids know that Santa thinks they have too many toys
Drugs and Orthopedic Equipment - it's the thought that counts; and the thought that these would make good Christmas presents doesn't count for much
Wrapping and Packing Supplies - Note: only if bought as part of the product, not when purchased separately.
Flags - good gifts for the patriotic.
Firewood - good gift for someone with a woodburning stove; not so good for someone without one
Coal - yes, gifts for all the "naughty" children are tax exempt

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