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State sales tax now applies to take-and-bake pizza

MADISON, Wis (WSAU-Wheeler News)  Take-and-bake pizza lovers probably know this already -- but Wisconsin recently started charging sales taxes on that food. The State Journal says it will cost pizza-lovers an extra $2.7-million a year that will be funneled to Madison.

The state Revenue Department had asked the Streamlined Sales Tax Governing Board if places like Papa Murphy's and Kwik Trip should be charging the tax on pizzas they make at their stores -- but are cooked by customers at home. The board said the tax applies, because they count as foods prepared outside the home.

Mark Venditto, who owns eight Papa Murphy's stores in Wisconsin and Iowa, says he's been charging the sales tax in the Badger State since March 1st. The Sales Tax Governing Board is a 24-state organization based in Westby. It seeks to make sales tax rules more uniform.