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Old 03-21-08, 10:34 PM
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What's the deal with sales tax at Subway?

8 out of 10 times I pay the exact price on the menu board when I buy a sub from Subway. The rest of the time I pay the stated price plus tax. I don't see anywhere on the board where it says sales tax is included and I wouldn't think it would be as they would be about the only chain-type place that would do that.

I have a Subway right by my house and a few days ago I picked up one of the $5 subs and my total was $5 even. Today I went there again and got another $5 sub but my total was $5.39.

I've wondered about this for a while but now I have to know. What is the deal with this place? Am I being ripped off 20% of the time or getting a tax break the majority of the time?
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The person not charging you tax is probably stealing by working out of an open drawer and is too stupid to figure in tax.
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That happens to me sometimes at Subway. A sub will be 5 dollars even. I don't question it.
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You are probably getting a tax break the majority of the time.
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Originally Posted by TheMadMonk
You are probably getting a tax break the majority of the time.
Paging the IRS to Other Talk...
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You're getting a tax break.

At the Subway I sometimes go to, the $3.99 value meal with a 32 ounce drink substitution (those plastic cups) is $4.51 after tax.
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To go vs. eating there?
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I get my subs to-go nearly every time.

I have thought that perhaps the "sandwich artists" haven't been ringing them up but they do input the sub on the register because I see the total. Maybe the register is left open and they just hit delete or something when I walk away. Even if they are pocketing the money, why not throw on some tax and make their scheme less obvious? Wouldn't the register automatically add tax anyway?
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The next time you go in, ask the manager why your order is never rung up or tax charged. Maybe he'll have a good explanation.
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I don't get Subway. They always ask me if it's for "here or to go" and always put it in the same bag. Why are they asking me if they're going to give me my sandwich the same way no matter what? Is it a tax thing? I pay tax if it's "for here" and don't if it's "to go"? Or vice versa?
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we don't have sales tax on food.
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Originally Posted by nodeerforamonth
I don't get Subway. They always ask me if it's for "here or to go" and always put it in the same bag. Why are they asking me if they're going to give me my sandwich the same way no matter what? Is it a tax thing? I pay tax if it's "for here" and don't if it's "to go"? Or vice versa?
yes, it's a tax thing.
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In some states cooked food (hot subs) can be taxed where cold subs (uncooked) may not be taxed. In Maryland you can go to a grocery store and buy fresh shrimp and not pay tax but if you have it steamed for free you have to pay sales tax.
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I think PA sales tax is on prepared food which includes Subway subs or anything somebody has to prepare for you.
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Originally Posted by StarWarsBoy

I've wondered about this for a while but now I have to know. What is the deal with this place? Am I being ripped off 20% of the time or getting a tax break the majority of the time?
The other two times you are getting a hot sandwich. If they nuke something, they have to charge tax.
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Is that right? Hot subs cost you more?
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Originally Posted by Ronnie Dobbs
we don't have sales tax on food.
Just like many of the things you say, this is incorrect. Prepared food is tax. Apparently the sandwich artists count toward preparation.

To clear it up for others, the food itself is not actually being taxed, but the service of slapping it all together is. Some states may define preparation differently, but this is how it has been handled in any state I have ever lived.

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Originally Posted by Thor Simpson
Is that right? Hot subs cost you more?
That's exactly right. If it's toasted or like a Meatball as opposed to a Turkey, it costs more. It also costs more to eat in as opposed to take it to go.
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What?! I need to pay closer attention. Shouldn't that be posted on the menu or something?
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Originally Posted by Thor Simpson
Is that right? Hot subs cost you more?

Yeah because they have to nuke it.

Same thing at gas stations..I bought one of those frozen hot pockets, and the guy asked me if I was going to use the microwave or not..I asked why, he said he would have to charge me more if I nuked it inside the convience store.
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Wasn't there a thread here about the toasted sandwiches being taxed?
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I'm pretty sure that all the various taxations discussed in this thread aren't universal, and vary from place to place.
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It should vary from state to state. In Ohio, for example, if you get it to go, you should not be taxed. If you eat in the resturant, then you should be taxed. Pop is always taxed . Some other states tax all food purchases. I had to be in TN for work last summer for two weeks. There EVERYTHING was taxed.... eat in... take out... didn't matter... and the tax rate was close to 10%.
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Same thing happens to me. Sometimes my Subway is $3.99, and other times at the store a few miles away, the same $3.99 menu item is really $4.32.
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Hmmm. I still don't get it. I get all my subs to-go and I never get them toasted. If I buy food from any other fast food place or restaurant, it's never a mystery as to whether or not I'm going to pay sales tax. It's not a grocery store, so I expect to pay sales tax every time, but I rarely do.

I'm in Southern CA so I don't know if that matters. I noticed on the $5 sign it says plus tax where applicable, but I would think if it's applicable to me one day, it should still be applicable to me the next time I visit.

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