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Pumpkins, piercings and the paranormal: 10 scary ways states apply sales tax

Bwaahahaha! Is that the ghostly laugh of a Halloween haunt — or the auditor reviewing your sales tax returns? Dealing with sales tax can be a ghoulish task. And for businesses with compliance obligations in multiple states, it can be frighteningly difficult to know which rules apply. Take pumpkins, for example. Nothing says fall quite like overflowing cornucopias, evil-grinned jack-o’-lanterns and (yep) pie. But be warned: not all pumpkins are created equal. InNew Jersey and Pennsylvania, taxability depends on if your pumpkin is tricked-out or treat-worthy. Pumpkins to be used for decoration (painted, varnished or carved) are taxed while pumpkins…

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