After years of West Virginians paying a regressive tax on food, it has ended.

A several year plan of phasing out the tax, starting Monday, July 1, it will be eliminated.

Governor Earl Ray Tomblin said, "The elimination of the food tax allows families to keep more of their hard-earned money." The phase-out was started in 2005 when the food tax was six percent.

On July 1, families will have saved $162 million a year since the beginning of the phase-out.

The elimination does not apply to the purchase of prepared food, vending machine food or soft drinks.

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