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Tennessee Food Tax Adjustment Proposed


In his state of the state address, Governor Haslam entered his second year without any drastic changes to the Tennessee state sales tax rate. However, according to the Tennessee.gov newsroom, Governor Haslam’s legislation proposes lowering “…the state portion of the sales tax on food from 5.5 percent to 5.3 percent with the goal of lowering it to 5.0 percent in three years.”

In addition to his food tax recommendation, the Governor has proposed legislation regarding:

  • State employment practices
  • School and educational reform
  • Job growth

Haslam stated, “This legislative agenda is made up of a strategic group of bills aimed at impacting key issues that are crucial to tackle now. I look forward to working with the Legislature on these important initiatives.”

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Susan McLain
Avalara Author Susan McLain
Susan McLain began her career as a technical writer in technology industries such as satellite networking and medical devices. Her skills encompass technical and marketing writing, usability engineering, verification and validation testing and protocol writing, requirements development, business analysis, technical illustration/graphic design and marketing. She has owned her own business providing service to small to medium sized business and in other positions, she has been in project management, documentation and marketing. She is currently the content specialist for Avalara helping to “make sales tax less taxing.”