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I Support Eliminating the Sales Tax on Food

  • Our legislature has seen fit to give a significant tax break to the wealthiest among us by phasing out by 2022 the Hall Tax, an income tax enacted in 1929 on dividends and interest from investments. (The State shares the revenues from this tax with the local government where the taxpayer resides.)
  • Here's what the Tennessean said when Gov. Haslam signed the bill repealing the Hall Tax: "The Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy, which analyzes tax policy from a progressive standpoint, says repealing the Hall income tax will make Tennessee’s tax system more regressive than it already is because it will benefit the wealthiest taxpayers the most while the majority of Tennesseans will see no benefit at all."
  • During a June 2018 event which took place in Van Buren County, the incumbent representative for District 25 stated he believed Tennessee's sales tax is the most fair means of taxation, since people have a choice in what they buy.  People do not, however, have a choice when it comes to buying food.  
  • To their credit, the legislature has reduced the sales tax on food by 20% from 5% to 4%. Why not phase it out  altogether? If the State can afford to get rid of a tax which affects the most wealthy among us, don't you think it should phase out a tax that affects each and every one of us, from the poorest to the wealthiest? I do.

Paid for by Anne Quillen for State House 25 Dennis Gregg, Treasurer
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