WE MAY BE PAYING MORE AT THE GROCERY STORE, IF THE SALES TAX ON FOOD IS REINSTATED BY THE GEORGIA GENERAL ASSEMBLY.  THAT’S A PLAN PUT FORWARD BY THE SPECIAL COUNCIL ON TAX REFORM AND FAIRNESS… ADDING 4 PERCENT SALES TAX TO GROCERY SALES… AND REDUCING THE STATE’S INCOME TAX FROM 6 PERCENT, TO A FLAT 4 PERCENT… BY 2014.
   

IF APPROVED, IT WOULD BE THE FIRST TIME IN 15 YEARS THAT GEORGIANS WOULD PAY TAX ON GROCERIES.  THE SPECIAL JOINT COMMITTEE ON GEORGIA REVENUE STRUCTURE, A 12 MEMBER BODY OF HOUSE AND SENATE LEADERS, IS CHARGED WITH WRITING RECOMMENDATIONS INTO ONE OF SEVERAL BILLS. 
   

THE COUNCIL’S RECOMMENDATIONS ALSO INCLUDE CUTTING THE TAX RATE FOR CORPORATIONS… A CAMPAIGN PROMISE MADE BY GOVERNOR NATHAN DEAL… AND RAISING THE TAX ON CIGARETTES BY 37 CENTS A PACK, TO 68 CENTS.