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Last Chance to Shop Before Tax Hike

Hurry shoppers -- today is your last chance to hit the stores before the city sales tax shoots up to 8 cents on the dollar.

Last Chance to Shop Before Tax Hike

Hurry shoppers -- today is your last chance to hit the stores before the city sales tax shoots up to 8 cents on the dollar.

The sales tax is currently 7 cents on the dollar, with 6 cents going to the state and 1 to the city. The temporary increase -- which starts tomorrow -- will bring the city 2 cents for every dollar spent.

The tax hike is one of several budget-balancing moves approved by the state legislature last month to help the city. It will expire in five years.

Food, clothing and medicine are exempt from the sales tax in Pennsylvania.

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Jenny DeHuff is a 2005 graduate of the University of Rhode Island, where she cut her teeth in journalism. A South Philly transplant from New England, she joined the Daily News City Hall Bureau in 2013. For the past several years, she has worked as an investigative reporter exposing corruption in suburban politics, covering sometimes ghastly criminal court cases and following the people’s money and how its spent. In addition to being a dogged news hound, she enjoys reading and writing about travel, animals, Irish whiskey and aviation. E-mail tips to dehuffj@phillynews.com
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