Haslam Signs Food Tax Reduction Bill

On June 5, 2012, in News 2012, by Mark Norris

June 5, 2012

WHITWELL, Tenn. – Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam traveled to Marion County to sign legislation to reduce the state portion of the sales tax on groceries from 5.5 percent to 5.25 percent.

“We’re focused on making state government more efficient and more effective while reducing the cost to taxpayers,” said Haslam.  “The sales tax on food touches all Tennesseans, and this is an effort to lower the burden.  I applaud the General Assembly for passing this important piece of legislation this year.”

The bill, SB 3763, HB 3761, was introduced by the governor and was one of three tax cuts passed by the legislature and signed by Haslam this year as the state continues its work toward providing the best customer service at the lowest possible cost to taxpayers.

The governor was joined for the events by bill sponsor House Majority Leader Gerald McCormick (R-Chattanooga), Rep. David Alexander (R-Winchester) and Marion County Mayor John Graham.  Senator Mark Norris (R-Collierville) sponsored the bill in the Senate.

The reduced tax rate does not apply to prepared foods such as a meal at a restaurant, candy, alcoholic beverages or tobacco.

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