Pennsylvania Sales Tax Over Property Tax Bill Tabled
- Jun 12, 2012 | Susan McLain
Coined the “Property Tax Independence Act,” HB 1776 “…would have extended the sales tax – for the first time – to clothing purchases over $50 and to foods not included on a healthy food list called Women, Infants and Children….” This part of the bill had garnered some negative responses from legislators who felt their constituents would not want to pay sales tax on food and clothing purchases when they previously were exempt.
On the support side of the bill, Representative Jim Cox, R-Berks, indicated that “…many homeowners, especially senior citizens on fixed incomes, face loss of their homes because of regular increases in school taxes.”
Elizabeth Township’s Representative Rick Saccone said, “Taxpayers in Pennsylvania are overwhelmingly in support of eliminating school property taxes. Tabling this bill is a huge mistake and goes against the grain of what taxpayers need.”