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House Taxation has five bills on Thurs Feb 5

February 4, 2015

johnny-automatic-food-basketOn Thursday, February 5th, at 7:45 AM the SD House Taxation committee will take on 5 bills.

HB 1115 – SoDakLiberty PostsIncrease the maximum property tax levy for the pension fund of a school district.

Rep Jim Bolin (R, Dist 16) and Sen Jim Peterson (D, Dist 4) are the prime sponsors. This would increase the max property tax levy from thirty centers per thousand dollars of taxable valuation to thirty-five cents per thousand dollars of taxable valuation.

HB 1193 – SoDakLiberty PostsLower the state sales and use tax on certain food items and to increase the rate of taxation for the sales and use tax on certain goods and services.

Rep Ray Ring (D, Dist 17) and Sen Bernie Hunhoff (D, Dist 18) are the prime sponsors. This is a bill to get rid of sales tax on food, and raise sales tax in other areas to make up the difference. The list of what doesn’t count as food has the following additions: soft drink, candy, dietary supplement, and food sold through a vending machine. It would appear the sales tax in other areas would be increased thirty-five hundredths. This is a bad bill. Yes, many people consider sales tax, especially on food, to be regressive. That is exactly why the sales tax on food needs to stay. The regressive nature of including food in sales tax means there is a built-in safety mechanism to prevent the legislature from passing higher sales taxes. If the legislature tried to raise sales tax a percent or two there would be a great amount of backlash from working families in South Dakota. That backlash needs to exist to keep government size and scope kept at conservative levels.

SB 19 – SoDakLiberty Posts – Revise certain provisions regarding references to the Internal Revenue Code.

This bill passed Senate Taxation and the Senate floor with no opposition.

This bill is at the request of the SD Department of Revenue (DOR). It changes several references of federal tax code from Jan 1, 2014 (and 1997 in a couple of references) to Jan 1, 2015. This is a standard bill to make sure current federal law is referenced in SD code correctly.

SB 20 – SoDakLiberty Posts – Revise the age that a manufactured home or mobile home will be considered real property.

This bill was amended in Senate Taxation, the amendment just pointed to another part of code that defined mobile home. It then passed Senate Taxation and the Senate floor with no opposition.

Another DOR bill. Current law states that a 1977 or newer manufactured home is real property. This bill would change that to 1950 or newer. I am curious as to why this change is being made.

SB 21 – SoDakLiberty Posts – Revise the income guidelines for the paraplegic property tax relief program.

This bill passed Senate Taxation and the Senate floor with no opposition.

One more DOR bill. This one would change the income guidelines for the paraplegic property tax relief program. For instance the current lowest tier for a single-member household to get 100% tax reduction is an annual income of $5000 or less; this bill would make it $11,670 or less. I’m not sure how utilized this program is or how much money the state spends on it. I need to listen to the testimony and hear much more info before commenting on it.

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