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# Of the total amount that Jill spent on a shopping trip, excluding taxe

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Of the total amount that Jill spent on a shopping trip, excluding taxes, she spent 50 percent on clothing, 20 percent on food, and 30 percent on other items. If Jill paid a 4 percent tax on the clothing, no tax on the food, and an 8 percent tax on all other items, then the total tax that she paid was what percent of the total amount that she spent, excluding taxes?

A. 2.8%
B. 3.6%
C. 4.4%
D. 5.2%
E. 6.0%
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Assume she has $200 to spend. TAX Clothing = 50% =$100= $4.00 Food = 20% =$ 40 = $0.00 Items = 30% =$ 60 = $4.80 Total tax =$8.80
% of total amount = 8.8/200 * 100 = 4.4%
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Cloth - 50$- tax - 2$
Food - 20$- tax -0$
Others - 30$- tax - 2.4$

Total tax = 4.4$on 100$ spent (without tax).

Hence "C".
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Of the total amount that Jill spent on a shopping trip, excluding taxes, she spent 50 percent on clothing, 20 percent on food, and 30 percent on other items. If Jill paid a 4 percent tax on the clothing, no tax on the food, and an 8 percent tax on all other items, then the total tax that she paid was what percent of the total amount that she spent,
excluding taxes?

T = total, t=tax t/T=?

It's easiest to pick a number for T, like 1000.

Then clothing = 500, other = 300 (food is not taxed)
t for clothing (20) + t for other (24) = 44
t/T=44/1000

A. 2.8%
B. 3.6%
C. 4.4%
D. 5.2%
E. 6.0%
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20 Jul 2015, 14:14
Pick simple numbers to work with, 100.

50 @ 4% = 2
20 @ 0% = 0
30 @ 8% = 2.4

Total tax = 4.4

Total bill = 100

4.4/100 = 4.4%
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