Ga. Panel Recommends Reinstating Grocery Tax

By: AP
By: AP

ATLANTA (AP) --

A panel studying an overhaul of Georgia's tax code has recommended reinstating the state sales tax on groceries.

The Special Council on Tax Reform and Fairness for Georgians
said Friday, Jan. 7, the state should also lower the personal income tax from 6 percent to 4 percent by 2014. It recommended gradually
stepping down the state's corporate income tax in a similar
fashion.

The panel also thinks the state should boost its tax on
cigarettes from 37 to 68 cents a pack.

The 11-member council -- created last year by the state
Legislature -- delivered its findings Friday to House Speaker David
Ralston and Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle after six months of work.

Lawmakers would need to approve any changes. The tax hikes could
face resistance in the GOP-led Legislature.


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  • by Lynda Dedrick Location: Thomasville on Jan 9, 2011 at 07:40 AM
    Is there no other avenue for GA. to increase their taxes other than on the backs of the already struggling working class? With the ever increasing gas pricing, and food pricing increases, it is all a two income family can do to pay their bills, eat very modestly at home,(one meal a day) and have enough left over to drive to work, to start the vicious cycle all over again. (toss in the occasional car repair, appliance breakdown, etc.) and those same people are now in the hole finacially somewhere else for the month, or longer. Draw from your savings you say? Pleezze..I am talking about hard working middle aged people who are now living from paycheck to paycheck. God help those with children who actually need to eat 3 times a day.
  • by Georgia Boy Location: Cairo on Jan 9, 2011 at 07:25 AM
    What does the committee consider "groceries?" Grocery stores already sell a lot of items in Georgia that are taxed.
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