Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Burks Sponsoring Bill To Eliminate Food Tax

It may have difficulty passing in a tight budget year, but State Senator Charlotte Burks of Monterey is sponsoring a bill that would call for Tennessee Code Annotated, Section 67-6-228, (to be) amended by deleting subsection (a) in its entirety. In other words, as introduced, it removes the sales tax on retail sales of food and food ingredients. In Putnam County, that combined state and local tax is nearly ten percent on every food item you purchase.  Five and a half percent of that is the state sales tax.  Representative John Mark Windle is sponsoring the companion bill in the House, which -- if passed -- would take effect on July 1st.  Right now, both versions of the bill are awaiting further discussion in subcommittees. No floor votes have yet been scheduled.