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Fairfax County Considering 4 Percent Tax on Meals

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    What to Know

    • If approved, residents would vote on a measure calling for up to a 4 percent tax on prepared foods at restaurants and grocery stores.

    • The tax would include both alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages served with a meal. The tax would not apply to groceries.

    Fairfax County's Board of Supervisors will vote Tuesday on whether to put a meal tax referendum on the ballot this November.

    If approved, Fairfax County residents would vote on a measure that calls for a tax of as much as 4 percent tax on prepared foods at restaurants and at grocery stores, such as those from a deli or salad bar.

    The tax would include both alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages served with a meal. The tax would not apply to groceries or to food purchased at vending machines.

    The tax is estimated to bring in almost $100 million to Fairfax County.

    There is currently no meal tax in the county.

    Fairfax County's government website said Alexandria, Arlington, Falls Church and the city of Fairfax also have 4 percent meal taxes. The District's is 10 percent.