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Morning Poll: Restaurant Tax to Hit 10 Percent

Dish from Masala Express restaurant in Lyon ParkThe total tax you pay for meals at restaurants (and prepared meals at grocery stores) will increase from 9 percent to 10 percent starting next Monday, July 1.

As the Sun Gazette reports, the higher rate is due to a 1 percent increase in the state sales tax — a tax hike that’s earmarked for transportation projects. In all, half of the 10 percent tax will go to the state, while the other half will go the Arlington County.

Arlington’s restaurant tax revenue includes 4 percent for the county meals tax and 1 percent for the county’s share of the sales tax.

While a 1 percent tax hike is relatively tiny, there may be a psychological impact from the tax line on your check hitting the double digit mark. Will you be less likely to go out to eat once the total tax on meals hits 10 percent?

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