Big tax changes could be coming; what should they include?

A state tax council will soon come out with suggestions to change the tax structure.

How would you like to see the state tax structure changed?

One proposal may be to put the sales tax on more services – including groceries – and lower the state income tax. Would you be willing to pay more in sales taxes for everything from groceries to car repairs if they lowered the state’s income tax?

Please send your responses, with your name, occupation and where you live, to James Salzer at jsalzer@ajc.com

77 comments Add your comment

Bigboy

November 23rd, 2010
12:55 pm

no matter what they do the amount of out of your pocket that goes to taxes will still go up.

GA VOTER

November 23rd, 2010
1:12 pm

when state income tax is done away with, watch salaries dwindle. Look at salaries in states like Florida & Tennessee. They suck !

Bring back "Babe Alley" to the Georgia Capitol! (Unidentified State Representative)

November 23rd, 2010
1:42 pm

If they’re thinking about lowering the state’s income tax, why don’t they just go ahead and completely ABOLISH it so that they can gain an immediate advantage over neighboring states like Alabama, Tennessee, North Carolina and maybe even Florida in attracting new business and jobs? What’s the real purpose of a 20th Century relic like the state income tax, anyways, other than to burden businesses with more unnecessary paperwork and government regulations? Why don’t they just try to simpify the local tax code and fund services at the state level through with only sales and income taxes?

Willie

November 23rd, 2010
2:27 pm

Broaden the base and lower the rate. Make taxes LESS of a consideration, not more. Eliminate the opportunity for legislative mischief. Reduce paperwork.

Laurie

November 23rd, 2010
2:35 pm

The problem I have with consumption based tax is that it burdens lower income families, and can be very difficult to access when dealing with cash, or internet purchases. That being said. If the politicians could devise a tax structure that excluded grocery items, and other costs associated with living (i.e. electric/gas utilities and rent) below a set dollar amount, I would be okay with that too.

HD

November 23rd, 2010
2:41 pm

I say a low flat tax on on all income such as 3.5% and then have a sales tax of like 8% max. I was unfortunate to live in Chicago for a year and a half and this is basically the same has their tax structure, which was 3.5% income and 10.5% sales. I figure we have less corruption so less packets to line. But this will be easy to figure taxes and still not a bad burden. Then the state just has to figure out how to budget.

Old Hippie

November 23rd, 2010
2:46 pm

Step 1) eliminate the income tax on individual incomes less that 100k per year; 2) increase property taxes on commercial, farm and timber land to the same rate as residential property; 3) eliminate tax exemptions for corporations (if this was done, the rate could be lowered); 4) raise the tax on gasoline by a nickel a gallon.

lkreeves

November 23rd, 2010
2:56 pm

1.Eliminate Property tax (HOME/AUTO)
2.Restore sale taxes on grocery (etc)
3.Have a flat tax rate around 10-15%

yuzeyurbrane

November 23rd, 2010
3:13 pm

The tax commission is a fairly transparent ploy to carry out the Republican tax agenda with their legislators not having to take responsibility for its harsh results. The commission will makes its recommendations and the legislature will have to vote yes or no only because no amendments are allowed. The commission itself is stacked with business lobbyists and other supply side (trickle down) ideologues. Therefore, busn. taxes will be eliminated and the tax burden on the wealthy will be reduced while the burden on the poor and middle class will be increased. Many tax loopholes for corporations will remain or be increased (socialism for the wealthy). I guess there is some logic to a regressive tax structure since by punishing the poor for being poor they will work harder to not be poor! (If you don’t see this comment as sarcastic then you are a right wing ideologue). Of course they will deny it all now, saying they are objectively studying all alternatives, but when they hatch it, see how fast it becomes law.

khc

November 23rd, 2010
3:19 pm

supply siders….only thing likely accomplished his even greater wealth disparity

David

November 23rd, 2010
3:55 pm

HD…….Who ever said that we have less corruption here? Take a long hard look around you, my friend!

Susan

November 23rd, 2010
4:39 pm

Before merely changing the tax structure, I would like to see an analysis of how much of the administrative bureaucracy in both the state and federal governments is truly needed in order to deliver essential public services and what would happen if most of the money now propping up the state and federal governments instead were directed to the local-government level where most public services are provided anyway.

dagnabit

November 23rd, 2010
4:52 pm

If the state lowers the state income tax and raises the sales tax, won’t the working poor be harmed first. Sounds just about right from the Republicans.

captguitarman

November 23rd, 2010
5:03 pm

One thing people need to understand with this commission and the Federal commission, or any other commission. First and foremost, bi-partisan or independent commissions are for political cover. Because polticians by and large don’t have the guts to stand up and do their jobs and deal with priorities for the revenues they have, i.e. do the jobs they were elected to do. No. They create these smoke screens so that instead of saying I support an unpopular increase, or redirection of spending revenues, they can point to the commission as having recommended it. Unfortunately, hypocrisy and cowardice have far more to do with being a politician these days than any of us would like to acknowledge. Secondly, commissions are always about INCREASING TAX REVENUES — always. Their second most important function after providing political cover is to raise taxes. They are like the Terminator . . . it is what they do, and that is all that they do. Talk of making some taxes higher and other taxes lower and making trade offs, etc. are all just that — talk. Smoke and mirrors talk. Georgia needs revenue to keep the current structure in place. They are not going to give up any taxes alreaddy in place. Taxes set up with expiration dates will always be extended. There are always thousands of good reasons to extend taxes in place. This is how government always grows and never shrinks to levels that allow it to operate within available revenues. The one thing you will never see is a bi-partisan or independent commission to study whether current state provided services can be delivered with a more streamlined bureacracy and how an entrenched bureacracy could be reduced. Too much brain damage, and cutting into workers who support the politicians and work for their re-election and so on. Sure, I would pay more sales taxes if it really meant a reduction in my income taxes. Do I trust the pols to work out an even trade off, or to swear off increases in income taxes later on, or slight changes in rules for deductions (tax increases by another method, or other schemes — no. Again, it is most important to remember that taxes are never eliminated once they are passed, ever, and they never expire when there are expiration dates. The pols do it, and far worse because they can. Just look at the results of the recent governor’s race.

poitico from SOWEGA

November 23rd, 2010
5:23 pm

I support some sort of consumption tax (sales tax or VAT) in place of an income tax/property taxes, with lower income people retaining the earned income credit.
A consumption tax would do away with the inequities of the tax code, at least on the federal level, as Georgia’s income tax rate is the same for all individuals.

Scott in Atlanta

November 23rd, 2010
5:24 pm

Anyone who thinks that high taxes are keeping investors out of Georgia should think again. It is the lack of a good climate here for venture capital and innovation. Amendment 1 to the GA constitution that voters adopted on Nov 2 was just the latest “old boy” network move that freezes newcomers out of Georgia. Sonny Perdue’s little visit to the Port Authority to ask that more contracts be given to his private trucking business is another example. The Old Boys Network of Georgia has arranged the rules for their benefit, and new investors are looking for cleaner pastures.

yuzeyurbrane

November 23rd, 2010
5:29 pm

captguitar, I agree with your main observation that commission is a sham but disagree that they will not eliminate any tax. I think what they want to hide is reducing taxes on businesses and the wealthy while increasing them on the rest of us.

The Snark

November 23rd, 2010
5:39 pm

I would offer my suggestions, but it’s a waste of time. The end result will be dictated by the lobbyists who pay money to be heard. I am not usually this cynical, but the people stepping into government in a few weeks are going to ream us.

nothing seems to matter

November 23rd, 2010
5:46 pm

Sales tax is extremely hard to audit, but it can be accomplished if done at the wholesale level like the state does with motor fuel.
The income tax is a 6% across the board with no marriage penalty.
The problem with income tax is the standard deduction is still $3000 for a married couple, while the feds is $10,500; It has not increased since 1983 while the feds continues to increase each year, This is why so many low income people who file standard deduction still owe additional taxes. If the proposal is to reduce the income tax, for God’s sake make them match the fed standard deduction.
All that said, do you really want to rely totally on a consumption tax and do away with income tax?
In a recession, people will spend less so the tax revenue will be less, MUCH less. This will produce catastrophic ups and downs with the revenue stream.

Lobbyist Wanted

November 23rd, 2010
5:52 pm

As normal taxpayers who work for a living, we need to get together and hire some lobbyist to work for us. I’ll chip in a couple hundred if it saves me a couple thousand in taxes, and I’m sure others would too. While the industries, such as the Payday Loan industry, the Insurance industry, health care, gas and oil, construction….all these have high-paid lobbyists to get what they want. For those looking for work, it would be a great business opportunity. These same lobbyists could provide extra services, like fighting with your insurance company over claims, waiting on hold for technical support, fighting with your cell-phone company over the bill…..

You must expand the tax base, not raise the rates

November 23rd, 2010
6:05 pm

Drop the tax exemptions for tatoos, haircuts, groceries, and health club memberships.

Drop all targeted tax incentives. These cost us over $250 million and despite the lies told by lobbyists, do little to attract business or stimulate growth.

http://www.taxfoundation.org/research/show/25871.html

nothing seems to matter

November 23rd, 2010
6:17 pm

That argument about lowering Corp tax to lure industry is a wolf in sheep’s clothing. This is just a fabrication of the facts justifying a tax cut for the Good ole boys. Georgia’s non competitiveness has more to do with things like our poor education system. Gridlock in Atlanta, poor healthcare and lack of skills workers in the rural areas. Need I mention that Ga is the only state that doesn’t allow Nurse Practitioners to write prescriptions and ruled against their manning clinics without a doctor present. This , inspite of the dire need for medical access in rural Ga. Also, quality of life enters into it. Ga and Indiana are the last states that don’t allow sunday retail alcohol sales. That may not seem like much to many of you because you are used to it; but these people from the other states will be a lot more put out, not to mention how backward it make us look. This is 2010 for crying out loud and Perdue refused to even let us vote on it. What kind of babysitter mentality it that.
We’ve got far more problems than the corp tax rate.

Andy

November 23rd, 2010
6:47 pm

I would say that any sales tax hikes is stupid because every dude and his brother has a ‘business’ that opts them out of paying sales tax. I don’t have a problem with lowering business taxes IF businesses actually would pay their taxes on time and not find ways to avoid paying them — I would be willing to leave business taxes in the hands of local government (provided we don’t end up with a Gwinnett county situation and have incompetent fools running it). As it is, the current crop of Republicans want to eliminate state income tax so they don’t have to pay back the state, much less the IRS. And whoever pointed out that the standard deduction for the state isn’t right is correct — it doesn’t make sense for anyone to owe money to Georgia while at least not owing or getting a form of a refund with the feds.

And I think Georgia should allow Sunday alcohol sales state-wide, gambling and gaming in Savannah and north/south Georgia (imagine the kind of money that could be brought to South Georgia if a casino opens in Albany or Tifton?). But no, these hate-spewing, church-going jerks have to clog everything up and delay progress. Jesus drank wine, you know.

Duluth Dynamo

November 23rd, 2010
7:06 pm

@Laurie =
Geez, that’s awfully white of you to pass your OK on tax structures. Please hang around and we will post some more thorny issues for you to ponder.

Scott in Atlanta

November 23rd, 2010
8:06 pm

Duluth Dynamo – Remember your manners. We are in the South, after all, where common courtesy is expected. and “white of you”? Most of us Southerners stopped using that expression in 1969. Scott in Atlanta

Educator

November 23rd, 2010
11:22 pm

Those of us who itemize reap a *huge* tax advantage at the state level in Georgia. Meaningful tax reform should include ending this provision, which essentially allows for double dipping (getting a reduction in your state taxes for paying your state taxes). This double dipping comes at the expense of those who don’t itemize: it’s regressive. We’re one of a handful of states that does this, and getting rid of it could save us $450 million per year. See http://www.gbpi.org/documents/20100311.pdf

WAW

November 24th, 2010
5:47 am

What’s the difference with a Union shoulder striker and a Corporate back patter? Both are slime paid to control the crowd. Look up Plutocracy.

3Dawgz

November 24th, 2010
6:58 am

I hope they get rid of the income tax and raise the sales tax to 12% so that those people in rural Georgia who overwhelmingly voted for the GOP get it right in the nogging.

Laurie

November 24th, 2010
7:49 am

For Scott in Atlanta, thank you for calling out Dynamo. His choice of user id name alone speaks volumes to his character and intelligence, or lack there of. I think it’s funny that he feels the need to make an ugly remark about my opinion without actually giving one himself, which is the purpose of having the comment section available. At least he spelled everything correctly, not that he used any big words.

Thomas

November 24th, 2010
7:49 am

Abolishing the income tax would be monumental legislation that Georgia has always lacked the courage to pass until they see it working well in other areas of the country. We need to blaze the path instead of following those who have already come down the path and succeeded.

Karl Marx

November 24th, 2010
7:52 am

This so called tax reform commission has Business, Academia, and Government represented but no working class tax payers. The true object is to stabilize the tax revenue stream and increase revenue to the state. Businesses are already lobbying this commission to keep their tax breaks and get additional breaks at the expense of working class taxpayers. Remember people who did this to you. The RINO Republicans. It is sad the voters in this state just gave them all the power they need to screw us last election.

cam

November 24th, 2010
9:08 am

You can bet with the Repubs in power, the rich and powerful will make out like bandits.

Republicans Make Me Sick

November 24th, 2010
9:47 am

Remove the sales tax on gas, electric and home phone lines since these are necessities; NO tax on groceries as that will only burden the lower income people; necessary car repairs – no sales tax; tax those things that are not really necessary such as tattoos, cosmetic surgery, etc. I am a Senior on a fixed income and have not received an increase for two years now yet prices keep going up. Use common sense and tax what isn’t necessary daily items. Prescription medicines and daily hygiene products should not be taxed. But doubt the Republicans will give a darn about the little guy – never have and never will.

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Bob

November 24th, 2010
11:01 am

Just raise the sales tax by a penny, that will rake a bunch of money in. At least it will get the illegals to pay up. Plus, force illegals to just PAY their share of taxes..

Seal the Deal

November 24th, 2010
11:43 am

You guys haven’t figured it out. I have to cut $2 billion from the state’s budget while coming up with hundreds of millions more for Medicare, Medicaid, Peachcare, and mental health. That means I either cut law enforcement, cut education or raise taxes. I guess I could secede to avoid those huge bills, and start printing my own money, but we failed last time we tried that. The only thing I can do is raise taxes.

joe

November 24th, 2010
11:48 am

the only way to ensure everyone pays taxes, without loopholes, is to tax the items they buy…AKA the fair tax. Abolish the IRS, let everyone keep what they earn, most will come out ahead.

Marlboro Man

November 24th, 2010
12:53 pm

Sales tax on food it a kick in the groin to the working poor. Sound like a rich man’s scheme to be greedy.

double

November 24th, 2010
1:06 pm

No SS raise,raise tax on groceries,fuel,medicine,home,sounds like our government.Cut these taxes so we can live out our last years without welfare checks.Only the working and people with income pay the state income tax.Put more people to work then will have more taxes to waste on high pay.

Big Jim

November 24th, 2010
1:13 pm

Great idea! What if we allow only rich people to be excluded from paying taxes. That way,Rush Fatbaugh will be happy. Or will he?
All rich,established politicians will like this plan as well. They won’t be paying into a “tyrannous” governments’ system. The same big,bad
government that employs John Boehner,Joe Tater Wilson, etc.

I have an even better idea, all politicians that agree with the TeaBaggers and hardline republicans should find other employment. No need working for such a bad company!

faux positive

November 24th, 2010
2:50 pm

I’m in favor of ending both the state income tax as well as the ad valorum tax on vehicles. I would rather pay a sales tax on items I buy including food,etc. A sales tax is spread out among everyone and for extreme low incomes maybe a sales tax credit. Ending property taxes is great too but is unrealistic. I’m in favor of it though, why should people living in apartments not pay a form of property tax.

Arnold Mednick

November 24th, 2010
2:55 pm

I think it is a lousie idea. you tax the poor and not the rich that stinks.

Puff

November 24th, 2010
3:25 pm

Georgia can not attract business or jobs because the state is so far behind in education, just like Georgia is backward in politics. This state is so unwilling to listen to the facts. Georgia grips about the roads and transportation but, wait Georgia does not want assistance. Right!

Educator

November 24th, 2010
3:51 pm

Faux positive: Those who rent pay property taxes indirectly. They’re baked into rents they pay.

Cut Taxes

November 24th, 2010
4:35 pm

Eliminate the individual state income tax, cut property taxes, raise sales taxes to compensate.

Casey

November 24th, 2010
4:38 pm

Our don-nothing state legislators will…..well, do nothing! A doophus like Chip Rogers will worry some taxpayer group will not approve of anything that looks like a revenue boost. It does not matter that the alternative is to cut education even further.

native

November 24th, 2010
9:08 pm

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native

November 24th, 2010
9:09 pm

faux positive

Renters do not own the property. How can they be expected to pay tax on it?

Disgusted

November 25th, 2010
9:42 am

Let’s see, now. We have an income tax structure that exempts $1 million in retirement income—no tax on pensions, Social Security income, deferred compensation for the retired, etc. You can be filthy rich and exempt from the income tax. Then we have Joe Six-Pack, who has to spend every dime he earns just to survive.

So let’s double the tax on Joe Six-Pack. That ought to take care of our tax problems.

NEXT ISSUE!

Disgusted

November 25th, 2010
9:46 am

Renters do not own the property. How can they be expected to pay tax on it?

The owner of the rental property includes his tax cost in the rent he charges. The owner gets the tax deduction, but the renter is essentially paying the tax. Comprehendre?

fairness for all

November 25th, 2010
10:08 am

broad based low taxes on everything (grocery,fuel,etc), no or low flat state income tax, plus low or no property taxes. every citizen of georgia should have some “skin in the game” so to speak. it was a mistake to remove sales tax from groceries, drugs, etc as it eventually had to lead to deficits. georgia’s state and local budgets are still bloated and it’s time for a look at state and school salaries–particularly administrative salaries.

STOOPID

November 25th, 2010
10:38 am

IT DOESN’T MATTER HOW LOW OUR TAX RATES ARE FOR BUSINESSES! IF WE DON’T FIX OUR TRANSPORTATION, EDUCATION, AND WATER ISSUES VERY FEW BUSINESSES WILL MOVE HERE!

DLink

November 25th, 2010
12:47 pm

OK, this is scaring me. I actually agree with a majority of the people posting, on page one at least.

Since so many have vivid opinions, I will just pick one of many that I agree with: Old Hippie? Your the man.

Enjoy Thanksgiving.

On a side note:
(I wonder if the working man being home today is the cause of all the sensibility I’m seeing here today. If so, perhaps election day should be a federally enforced holiday for workers.)

wondering

November 25th, 2010
3:15 pm

to comment intelligently on taxes or budget cuts, we would need to see the actual numbers. They did this in Minn. THe government sent out sheets that had the budget where it came from, WITH numbers in there, and then what was spent and where. THen they asked for public input. Now that makes some sort of sense. Would love for Georgia to try this.

Chuck Allison

November 25th, 2010
6:23 pm

The GOP has not been the party of the wealthy since 1960. It is the wealthy elitist democrats who pander to the welfare class in their unceasing war against the US middle class. 4 of the 6 wealthiest in congress are democrats. IN this last election, Dems raised 200 million dollars more than the GOP. Anyone who can use a computer to send a messge here is not old enough to remember when the Democrats last represented the poor.

Jethro

November 25th, 2010
6:47 pm

Why not just the flat tax? I mean fair tax — that really is the best way for Uncle Jed and the rest of us oily slick rich millionaires. Why any doggone republican can see that. I mean any georgian can see that.
Rich or poor, we for the common good of all should always help the rich.

John

November 25th, 2010
8:00 pm

I don’t pay state income taxes, so no to grocery sales taxes!!!

Gene J

November 25th, 2010
9:18 pm

Start charging landing fees at small general aviation airports or conversely stop the subsidies to these type of government owned facilities. (Stop all sorts of welfare!!!)

Senior Citizen

November 25th, 2010
10:02 pm

I cannot speak for all senior citizens, but I know that this one would be hard hit by increased taxes on services and products. Especially when my level of state taxable income has resulted in no state income tax being paid for these past couple of years. I have to feel that would be the case for a large number of senior citizens. And while this may be a selfish concern for everyone in my boat, there’s no question that the amount of property and other taxes I am currently forwarding to the state coffers constitute a good portion of that fixed income already. The last thing I want to happen is that I would have to depend on welfare benefits in any way. Fortunately my wife and I are still healthy. But with social security flat for the second straight year, and costs of virtually everything escalating regardless of what the federal cost-of-living index shows that line qualifying many senior citizens not now eligible for public support is getting closer and closer. A change in the tax structure including a new or increased sales tax on all purchases – especially groceries, would be devastating.

Hank

November 26th, 2010
6:23 am

No tax increases. This includes groceries and gasoline. The people in Georgia agreed years ago to pay higher fees for state services in exchange for no state tax on groceries period.
Surely, the citizens of the great state of Georgia did not give control of the Georgia General Assembly to republicans for them to put state state taxes back on groceries.
No tax increases in Georgia.

rob

November 26th, 2010
8:23 am

Get rid of the greedy politicians and lobbyist. Get rid of the waste in government.
Get rid of the local taxes on food. Let the non- violent prisoners work during the day
and pay the state for their meals,housing, and medical care.

Tax Girl

November 26th, 2010
10:17 am

Politicians will claim they haven’t raised taxes…gotcha…they expand base of tax (i.e. what is taxed – see computer services) Politicians will claim they won’t raise taxes…gotcha again…they charge “fees” that act just like taxes. (See Motor Fuel) Politicians will get real specific and claim they haven’t raised your income or sales tax…gotcha three times…they just call it different name – (See NC sales tax vs. the “privilege tax” on machinery- same base-same rate-different name)…Oh yea..and you might want to compare the economic condition of Tennessee, a state with a 9.75% sales tax rate on a large tax base and no income tax, to Georgia which has a moderate sales tax rate on a moderate base and a moderate income tax. When times are hard, small companies and poor people don’t buy and there’s no income tax to hedge Tennessee’s bet. (see Florida also) Guess which state is in a better economic condition.

Face it people, it takes money to run a government. (by the way – property tax is local for the most part- that inventory tax you voted down in recent Georgia referendums counts for the extremely small state portion of your property tax – the larger local portion still applies.) Taxes are and always will be necessary to our civic well being. Yet, you’d rather elect a “bait and switch” politician and feel like a santimoneous tax rebel. Tea anyone? When you ultimately get screwed by the “bait and switch” guy, you don’t blame yourself but, instead, blame the government. Why not try to run ALL the numbers BEFORE you vote for these guys. The truth might just set you free…especially you guys paying a lot of tax while that rich guy gets his tax breaks from Mr. Bait and Switch.

Chris

November 26th, 2010
10:45 am

Would you be willing to pay more in sales taxes for everything from groceries to car repairs if they lowered the state’s income tax?

ABSOLUTELY NOT!

This is a scheme to lower taxes for corporations and the wealthy and increase taxes for the poor and middle class (in effect, trickle-down economics). If anything, we should do the opposite. Eliminate the sales tax and make the income tax more progressive (Adam Smith advocated on behalf progressive taxes decades before Karl Marx was born).

Increasing sales taxes will hurt the state’s economy since it will take more money out of the pockets of those most likely to spend it (Google “marginal propensity to consume”), meaning fewer customers for business, meaning lower incomes and fewer jobs.

Replacing income taxes with sales taxes would be a self-inflicted wound that would take a long, long time for Georgian’s to recover from.

JW

November 26th, 2010
2:39 pm

First, tie property assessments to purchase price, period.
If you bought a home in 1990 for $50,000 that’s the value you’re going to be taxed on until you sell it. After all, if the real estate market meltdown has taught us anything, it’s that there’s no such thing anymore as a fair market value.

Second, implement a statewide impact fee on new development, whether it’s residential, commerical, industrial, whatever. New growth should be responsible for paying for the stress it puts on roads, services, schools, etc.

Eliminate tax breaks for new industry. In fact, eliminate all tax breaks. If you have a tax why should there be legal ways to avoid paying it? A tax is either fair for all or it’s not fair.

fairness for all

November 26th, 2010
3:20 pm

an axe needs to be taken to the state budget. for those interested in fairness you should take the time to research and read the facts and myths about the fair tax. it should be noted that a similar tax system for georgia would be much smaller than this proposed federal system.
http://www.fairtax.org/site/PageServer?pagename=about_main

Steve

November 26th, 2010
4:11 pm

Eliminate taxes on the wealthy and raise taxes on the poor. The rising tide will lift all boats! The wealthy have eliminated homelessnes with all the money they have given to their churches. We all have access to great healthcare because the wealthy give us jobs with outstanding health insurance. Any child who wants to go to college will be given a scholarship from a wealthy person. Hunger has been eliminated with all the food given to food banks. And we all lived happily ever after.

D Stands for Dumb

November 26th, 2010
5:34 pm

Either, or, we the citizens are going to take it up the pooper either way.

Janice

November 26th, 2010
5:45 pm

Lower the state income tax.

Raise sales taxes and gasoline taxes to compensate.

Janice

November 26th, 2010
5:53 pm

More than anything its property taxes that are killing people financially. There should be a maximum of maybe 3k a year.

Its one thing Europe have got right (no property taxes).

Stanford

November 27th, 2010
8:16 am

Simple – If you have more, you can and should pay more! Republicans want to continue to keep the tax burden on working people through unfair property taxes, sales tax and fees on services. If corporations and the idle rich paid their fair share the rest of us would get a break. Most of these phony amendments, written by lobbyists, are really a tax dodge to give exemptions to their special interest groups.

rj

November 27th, 2010
9:26 am

Initial step should be the repeal of all sales tax exemptions. There have been so many exemptions granted over the years that if everyone paid on level ground there would be no cash flow shortfall.
Secondly, we need to tax internet sales on all purchases in Georgia at a base rate of 5% and distribute the sales tax via zip code of purchaser. If the backwards revenue department can’t determine the zip code allotment Home Shopping Network can. It is time that we level the playing field on internet sales and the companies and individuals who spend money to develop facility in our communities and hire people only to lose a sale to an internet company because there is not sales tax charged.

Ben Thenkin

November 27th, 2010
9:27 am

Tax money comes out of the citizens pockets regardless of what the tax is named. The state is not going to decrease its intake from taxes and fees so the taxpayers will get no relief. One name or ten names does not change that fact.

Ima Thenkin

November 27th, 2010
9:37 am

Don’t try to make the tax mess more complicated than it already is folks. Most of the replies here just move the taxes around so that people other than the poster will pay more and the poster will pay less. That ain’t going to happen. The state will get everything it can from everyone. The politicians will not lower their income or living style.

barking frog

November 27th, 2010
10:51 am

10% sales tax on all transactions tangible and intangible.
Eliminate income and property tax and corporate tax.

Shiri

November 27th, 2010
11:55 am

Make the illegals pay their share, they get every benefit FREE, don’t pay property taxes,income taxes, social security taxes…. The state pays BILLIONS to support these freeloaders. I’m getting tired of fitting the bill for these people..

Elliott

November 27th, 2010
12:59 pm

everyone should pay some… eliminate the income tax up the sales tax… just like the fair tax you could prebate or get rid of grocery tax…. If you think there is a tax shortfall then shrink Govt.!!!!!!!!

Cliff

November 27th, 2010
1:54 pm

I would rather they do the reverse: abolish the sales tax and increase income tax. I can deduct my income tax from my federal taxes, but I can’t deduct sales tax.