Tax-Free Groceries in Tennessee Have Come to an End

The three-month Tennessee tax-free grocery holiday has ended.

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Due to a provision in the Tennessee Works Tax Act, families were able to purchase tax-free groceries from Aug. 1 to Oct. 31. But the three-month grocery tax holiday has ended. And Tennessee shoppers will once again pay the state's 4% grocery tax when they visit the grocery store. That means a family who spends $1,000 per month on groceries could now spend $1,040 for the same amount of food. And families living in areas with high local sales taxes could see an even higher increase in their grocery bills.

Food tax in Tennessee: End of tax-free groceries 

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Katelyn Washington
Former Tax Writer

Katelyn has more than 6 years of experience working in tax and finance. While she specialized in tax content while working at Kiplinger from 2023 to 2024, Katelyn has also written for digital publications on topics including insurance, retirement, and financial planning and had financial advice commissioned by national print publications. She believes knowledge is the key to success and enjoys providing content that educates and informs.