California Sales Tax on Food and Meals California: Sales Tax Handbook

California:

Are Food and Meals subject to sales tax?

While California's sales tax generally applies to most transactions, certain items have special treatment in many states when it comes to sales taxes. This page describes the taxability of food and meals in California, including catering and grocery food. To learn more, see a full list of taxable and tax-exempt items in California.


Catering
TAXABLE
In the state of California, any voluntary gratuities that are distributed to employees are not considered to be taxable.

Grocery Food
EXEMPT
In the state of California, certain meals are considered to be taxable, although some exceptions are considered to be applicable.



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