WEST DES MOINES, Iowa -- Retailers in Iowa and a handful of other states are scrambling to ready their cash registers by July 1, when a new legal definition of food will declare bottled water non-taxable while adding taxes to other beverages and foods. The changes are the result of the 42-state Streamlined Sales Tax project, a four-year-old effort designed to allow states to collect sales tax on Internet and catalog purchases. Part of the project is making the definition of food consistent ...

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