Tennessee Governor to Seek Reduction in Food Sales Tax
- Jan 2, 2013 | Gail Cole
UPDATE, 4.16.13: Both the Tennessee Senate and House have passed HB 193, which “lowers the state sales tax on food and food ingredients for human consumption from 5.25 percent to 5 percent.” It amends TCA Title 67, Chapter 6, and is scheduled to take effect on July 1, 2013.
Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam (R) has announced that he will seek a reduction in the state sales tax on groceries in 2013. The sales tax rate on food was last reduced in July 2012 (from 5.5% to 5.25%).
Gov. Haslam plans to ask state legislators to "approve another quarter-cent cut in the state sales tax on grocery food, from 5.25 percent to 5 percent." (The Commercial Appeal).
The Tennessee General Assembly will convene later next week to deliberate on this issue.