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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