If people have to choose foods that represents New York, it would be the pizza, pretzel, hot dogs, and bagel! Have you ever thought that eating a prepared bagel will get you an 8.875% sales tax?
According to the New York state Department of Taxation and Finance, the sale of whole bagel isn’t subject to sales tax. However, the tax does apply to the sliced or prepared bagels with toppings. If you eat the bagels in the store, even if it’s still whole, you will get more taxes.
The application of the roughly 8 cents/bagel tax has given New Yorkers yet another thing to criticize since the law is ambiguous. Although sliced bagels are taxed, buying a sliced loaf isn’t. So, next time make sure you buy a whole bagel and eat it outside the restaurant if you don’t want to get taxed.