District of Columbia Sales Tax on Food and Meals District of Columbia: Sales Tax Handbook

District of Columbia:

Are Food and Meals subject to sales tax?

While District of Columbia'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 District of Columbia, including catering and grocery food. To learn more, see a full list of taxable and tax-exempt items in District of Columbia.


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

Grocery Food
EXEMPT
Sales of grocery food are exempt from the sales tax in District of Columbia.



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