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Georgia House Speaker Reveals Tax Plan Details

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgians would pay more for haircuts, a trip to the doctor and car repairs under a tax proposal unveiled in detail for the first time by House Speaker Glenn Richardson today.

Richardson's plan would eliminate most property taxes in the state and would instead slap taxes on a laundry list of goods and services that are currently exempt.

Today was the most detail the Republican from Hiram has provided on the proposal -- which he has been promoting since the spring.

Richardson said that in most places throughout the state an individual would pay a 7 percent sales tax on services up to a limit of $10,000 per person for each business.

So, if you racked up $10,000 in legal fees you would pay a tax of $700. A $30 haircut would cost $32.10 with the tax added on.

Business would also have a cap of between $100,000 and $500,000 under the plan. Healthcare would be treated differently. A visit to the doctor would be taxed up to a cap of $500 per provider.


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