Exemption Sought for Michigan College Students
- Feb 10, 2016 | Gail Cole
Legislation currently under review in Michigan would exempt from sales and use tax certain higher education textbooks.
As introduced, House Bill 5309 seeks to amend the General Sales Tax Act by adding to the list of sales and use tax exemptions:
“A sale of textbooks to a full- or part-time college student for his or her courses, if, at the time of purchase, the student presents a valid student identification card and the textbook is required for a course being taken by that student at an institution of higher education.”
Rep. Robert Kosowski (D), sponsor of HB 5309, called it a common-sense bill: “Statistics show that the average student who graduated in 2015 will have a student-loan debt amount of a little more than $35,000. While my legislation isn’t necessarily the answer to this student debt issue, it is a way for students to find a little reprieve while purchasing required textbooks.”
As of this writing, the fiscal impact of the legislation has not been revealed. In addition, the bill does not address e-books.