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Texas Cottage Food Law

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  • #13668

    Rosie & Dana

    Does one have to pay Fed. Tax under the Cottage food law

    #13670

    David Crabill
    Keymaster

    Yes, you always have to pay yearly income taxes.

    #31704

    Suzanne
    Participant

    I am trying to help my mother in law find out if it would be legal to package her dry hot chocolate mix and sell it on Etsy. Is it considered a cottage food if no cooking is involved?

    #31717

    David Crabill
    Keymaster

    Yes, that is considered a cottage food, and no, you can’t sell it on Etsy unless you are using a commercial kitchen. http://forrager.com/faq/#commercial

    #37616

    Daniel Butler

    Why does Texas have such strict laws and restrictions for cottage foods? I was planning on trying to make and sell fermented canned goods at my local farmers market, and I was angered to find out that I am not allowed to do this in Texas. This seems like just another way big business corporations control the market through government lobbying.

    #37642

    David Crabill
    Keymaster

    It’s true that lobbying plays a big part in the strictness of Texas. However, when it comes to canned goods, botulism is a major concern.

    #38092

    Lisa

    I’m confused about the differences between fairs. Can I sell baked goods at a local fair where there is no fee to participate and the fair receives no money from vendors. What about an event that does charge a fee to vendors and is not run by a non-profit?

    #38133

    David Crabill
    Keymaster

    Lisa, the law says that you can sell at “a municipal, county, or nonprofit fair, festival, or event”. You can also sell at farmers markets. All other types of events are not allowed. So if it is not run by the local govt, or if it is not run by a non-profit, or if it is not a farmers market, then you can’t sell at it.

    #41340

    James McHaney

    Daniel, I discovered what I consider to be significant conflict-of-interest that led to the redefinition of pickles by Health & Human Services after the 2013 Legislature adjourned.
    Too complicated to explain here, but see my post about lawsuit filed May 31, 2018.
    If you are interested, and we can connect, I am willing to send DVD via USPS that contains the evidence I discovered that was “hidden in plain sight” in public websites.

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