Travis Fain has a solid look at the sales tax debate and one of the latest forums. Also, he notes that the Georgia Budget and Policy Institute doesn’t like the plan and is proposing alternatives:
Instead of a complete repeal, the Georgia Budget & Policy Institute has called for consideration of several changes, including:
Rethink and do away with various sales tax exemptions, many of which were lobbied into law by special interest groups.
Expand the sales tax base by including services, as Richardson has suggested as part of his reform.
Increase cigarette taxes.
Create a state earned income tax credit similar to the federal one to reduce taxes for the working poor.
Modernize tax brackets and rates, which the GBPI says have not changed significantly since the 1930s.
Adjust income tax for inflation, allowing personal tax exemptions to keep pace with the economy.
Rethink senior citizen tax preferences and base them on a person’s ability to afford to pay taxes, not simply age.