Peach State Legislators Hear Tax Proposal

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Atlanta, GA (AP) - A legislative panel weighing changes to Georgia's
tax code held its first meeting to consider a proposal that would lower the state's income tax but also apply a sales tax to groceries.

The Special Joint Committee on Georgia Revenue Structure heard
testimony Wednesday from members of the council they appointed last
year to study the state's taxes.

Members of the council said their sweeping plan generally shifts from taxing what people earn to taxing the money that they spend. Among the recommendations are putting the 4 percent state sales tax back on groceries and lowering the state income tax from 6 percent to 4 percent by 2014.

It's unclear whether legislators will act on the recommendations this year.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  • by Georgia Boy Location: Cairo on Feb 3, 2011 at 02:57 AM
    I live in Georgia and haven't read the entire proposal on this matter, including what will be included in the term "groceries." There are many things sold in a "grocery store" that I don't consider in that category, such as diapers, toiletries, over the counter medicines, ready to eat food from delis, and so forth. Things of this type sold in other stores are taxed and should be in grocery stores, as well. However, vegetables, fruit, meat and other items that have to be cooked or prepared by the purchaser from scratch should be considered groceries and not taxed. This doesn't include convenience items like TV dinners and so forth.
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