LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Walmart taxed the delivered groceries of at least two people in New Mexico even though a tax deduction governing such home deliveries took effect July 1.
Walmart told the Las Cruces Sun-News that it was working to remove the tax assessment on delivered groceries after receiving clarification from the state. The company apologized.
As delivered groceries became popular during the pandemic, New Mexicans noticed gross receipts tax charges on delivered groceries, which would normally be tax-free at stores. Previously, only food sold at stores could be deducted from gross tax receipts. New Mexico lawmakers amended the policy so that the deduction would apply to food sold by stores.