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Selling Girl Scout Cookies? Don't Forget The Idaho Sales Tax

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By Andrew Reed

Twin Falls, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KTWT-TV ) Girl Scout cookie sales is just a few day away, it's time to order those thin mints and samoas.

However, if you purchase those cookies in Idaho, there's a tax on that.

Idaho and Hawaii are the only two states in the country to add taxes to the sale of those yummy Girl Scout cookies.

During this legislative session, leaders of the girl scouts of silver sage are hoping that all changes.

The Girl Scouts of Silver Sage is behind an effort to exempt Girl Scout cookies from having a sales tax in the gem state.

"Their looking to exempt the cookie program because they believe it's a program, because they have a specific developed curriculum,” said Lobbyist Julie Hart.

Each box sells for $3.75, and 22 cents of that goes back to Idaho.

Katy Kulesa with the girl scouts believes the public isn't even aware of the tax.

"I don't think it affects our sales, people want to support Girl Scouts because they know the great things we do in this community” said Katy Kulesa, Girl Scouts of Silver Sage.

All together scouts in Idaho sell about 2.5 million cookies each year, $142,000 of which goes to the state.

"The administration rule currently governed was last reviewed in 1993. The Girl Scouts of Silver Sage has been paying the taxes on it since they've remembered,” said Hart.

Legislatures are asking why change the tax now?

The scouts are receiving less grant money and families aren't always able to pay the membership fee.

Extra funds that could create more scholarships for future girls.


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