Agency says no new foods now subjected to meals surcharge

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut's tax department has determined no new foods should be subjected to a new surcharge on prepared meals.

Democratic Gov. Ned Lamont asked the Department of Revenue Services to reevaluate a recent policy statement that he said "too broadly interpreted" a new, extra 1% tax on restaurant meals and prepared foods already subjected to the 6.35% sales tax. Lawmakers raised concerns because it extended the surcharge to food items sold in grocery stores that had never been taxed, such as containers of lettuce.

The revenue service announced Thursday the new surcharge, which takes effect Oct. 1, applies to supermarket catering services; sandwiches, grinders, coffee or tea sold for takeout; and food sold at a supermarket snack bar or food court.

Republicans still contend a special session is necessary to change the law.