Proposed 2014 Georgia State Sales Tax

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Retired on fixed income

Dawsonville, GA

#1 Mar 28, 2013
The Republicans are going to try to pass a State Sales tax and do away with Payroll taxes in 2014 session. Since retirees do not pay State payroll Tax on pensions and Social Security now, they will be paying a Georgia Sales Tax if this happens, a significant tax increase for retirees. This will hurt Seniors who live on Social Security and Pensions. This will also hurt poor people, and help well off people who are working. I will be writing my reps on this one. This was on WSB TV last night. This bill was supposed to be introduced today, basically for next year's session.

Another comment on a Georgia State sales tax in lew of Payroll tax,
Tennessee has this and it translates into a 9 to 10% sales tax total- I don't shop in Chattanooga!
Just Mike

Dahlonega, GA

#2 Mar 28, 2013
Retired on fixed income wrote:
The Republicans are going to try to pass a State Sales tax and do away with Payroll taxes in 2014 session.

Another comment on a Georgia State sales tax in lew of Payroll tax,
Tennessee has this and it translates into a 9 to 10% sales tax total- I don't shop in Chattanooga!
A clarification... when you write "payroll taxes", you mean GA State "Income Tax". Payroll taxes usually refer to FICA (SS) and Medicare tax withholdings, I believe.

Also, if I lived in Chattanooga then I'd MUCH rather pay an extra 2-3% in sales taxes and ZERO state income tax. So you don't shop in Chattanooga because you would have to pay an extra $2.50 per $100 in purchases? You'd make that up in gas savings given current GA gas tax levy and higher cost.

Here is the link to WSB article... I wouldn't be too concerned about this one- ain't gonna happen.

http://m.wsbtv.com/news/news/local/state-lawm...
agreed

Dawsonville, GA

#3 Mar 28, 2013
Just like their little car tax, it will be another tax on the poor. Hope y'all remember that mr. governor used to call himself a democrat. He may have changed his name but he hasn't changed his ways.
froggy

Dawsonville, GA

#4 Mar 28, 2013
agreed wrote:
Just like their little car tax, it will be another tax on the poor. Hope y'all remember that mr. governor used to call himself a democrat. He may have changed his name but he hasn't changed his ways.
Taxin the poor is a Republican trick.
agreed

Dawsonville, GA

#5 Mar 28, 2013
You are right. And the democrats bribe the poor with a handful of peanuts.
froggy wrote:
<quoted text>Taxin the poor is a Republican trick.
Albert

Dawsonville, GA

#6 Mar 29, 2013
Just Mike wrote:
<quoted text>
A clarification... when you write "payroll taxes", you mean GA State "Income Tax". Payroll taxes usually refer to FICA (SS) and Medicare tax withholdings, I believe.
Also, if I lived in Chattanooga then I'd MUCH rather pay an extra 2-3% in sales taxes and ZERO state income tax. So you don't shop in Chattanooga because you would have to pay an extra $2.50 per $100 in purchases? You'd make that up in gas savings given current GA gas tax levy and higher cost.
Here is the link to WSB article... I wouldn't be too concerned about this one- ain't gonna happen.
http://m.wsbtv.com/news/news/local/state-lawm...
I shop for the lowest price, which is not in Chatanooga. Cobb County has 6% sales tax and gets most of my business when I am down that way for major purchases. THis means i do not shop big ticket items local due to higher taxes here. You people who just voted in the continuation of Union C 7% for unneeded School support. Do you think they are not going to try to raise your property taxes too. If we keep throwing unneeded sales tax money at our schools they will waste it. Look at your utility bills, every local purchase and think about how much you pay in sales tax annually locally. If you add it up, the amont is significant and would hurt poor people and senior people retired.
Sara

Dawsonville, GA

#7 Mar 29, 2013
Why do people keep voting in these sales taxes Xplost? Can't they think that it hurts low income and seniors on Social Security. I guess they have no compassion. The elected reps are not going to raise your property taxes much anyway because they know you will hold them accountable at election time.

I am going to shop for lowest sales taxes too, when I buy. I don't have money to give to these Cadillac schools anymore. I think our Kids are spoiled rotten anyway.
shoop

Dawsonville, GA

#8 Mar 29, 2013
Great thread-thanks
Senility

Louisville, KY

#9 Mar 29, 2013
Say what?
Senility

Louisville, KY

#10 Mar 29, 2013
Here in Kentucky, our Governor wants more sales taxes to support our Horse Park.
Sorta like your commissioner using tax dollars to build ya'lls Horse Arena

I think it might be a Horse virus going around or an underground swell of Horse manure spreading around the country.

I've found an old document where folks used force to overthrow their oppressive leaders. Guess that wouldn't apply today with Drones.
Just Mike

Dahlonega, GA

#11 Mar 29, 2013
Albert wrote:
<quoted text>I shop for the lowest price, which is not in Chatanooga. Cobb County has 6% sales tax and gets most of my business when I am down that way for major purchases. THis means i do not shop big ticket items local due to higher taxes here. You people who just voted in the continuation of Union C 7% for unneeded School support. Do you think they are not going to try to raise your property taxes too. If we keep throwing unneeded sales tax money at our schools they will waste it. Look at your utility bills, every local purchase and think about how much you pay in sales tax annually locally. If you add it up, the amont is significant and would hurt poor people and senior people retired.
Hi Albert- I'm "more on your page" than you realize. You are referring to what is called "regressive" taxation... those taxes which disproportionately hurt folks with lower income and less wealth. This would be like an increased car tag fee- which pains the person trying to maintain double digit bank balances but has nearly zero impact on the millionaire. Increased sales taxes are mostly regressive- I agree. I don't like regressive taxes because they mainly place more burden on those those that can least afford them.

Regarding E-SPLOST, I'm one of the 30% that voted NO- but not because I want to pay 6% instead of 7% sales tax. Have you seen the new ($750k+) gym that was built for the smallest school in GA (Suches)? The new athletic facilities at UCHS ($millions)? THIS is where prior E-SPLOST has been spent... not on books or media to better educate the children!

Finally- for perspective, that $2,500 washer/dryer you purchase in Cobb county for $25 less in sales tax... how much in gas $ and time did you spend? Was it really worth it, given that THOSE employees down there that get paid with the profit won't be supporting other local businesses here? We need folks like you spending HERE in our local economy, especially if you ultimately want your taxes kept lower here.
Albert

Dawsonville, GA

#12 Mar 29, 2013
Just Mike wrote:
<quoted text>
Hi Albert- I'm "more on your page" than you realize. You are referring to what is called "regressive" taxation... those taxes which disproportionately hurt folks with lower income and less wealth. This would be like an increased car tag fee- which pains the person trying to maintain double digit bank balances but has nearly zero impact on the millionaire. Increased sales taxes are mostly regressive- I agree. I don't like regressive taxes because they mainly place more burden on those those that can least afford them.
Regarding E-SPLOST, I'm one of the 30% that voted NO- but not because I want to pay 6% instead of 7% sales tax. Have you seen the new ($750k+) gym that was built for the smallest school in GA (Suches)? The new athletic facilities at UCHS ($millions)? THIS is where prior E-SPLOST has been spent... not on books or media to better educate the children!
Finally- for perspective, that $2,500 washer/dryer you purchase in Cobb county for $25 less in sales tax... how much in gas $ and time did you spend? Was it really worth it, given that THOSE employees down there that get paid with the profit won't be supporting other local businesses here? We need folks like you spending HERE in our local economy, especially if you ultimately want your taxes kept lower here.
I agree with you also, however concerning buying Local, it does not cost me much to get there as I wait to go when I have to for a Doctor's appt, a necessary shopping trip or other anyway. If these local people want a high sales tax here then I will shop elsewhere in a place that has a cheaper tax. The only way to get these brainwashed people to understand about voting in these Xplosts is to shop elsewhere.

Can you imagine what could happen if Union could advertise
say a 5%
sales tax rate to the state and to NC and Tenn, we would get a lot of new business and help our economy, Saddly the opposite is happening.
Albert

Dawsonville, GA

#13 Mar 29, 2013
"Regarding E-SPLOST, I'm one of the 30% that voted NO- but not because I want to pay 6% instead of 7% sales tax. Have you seen the new ($750k+) gym that was built for the smallest school in GA (Suches)? The new athletic facilities at UCHS ($millions)? THIS is where prior E-SPLOST has been spent... not on books or media to better educate the children!"

I guess you are well off if you don't worry about paying hundred of dollars a year extra sales tax. 6% or 7%. I know you voted NO like me but you really don't have a problem paying more in some situations?
Let's face it, these LOST's hurt fixed income and poor people.
Concerned Retired person

Dawsonville, GA

#14 Jul 18, 2013
Retired on fixed income wrote:
The Republicans are going to try to pass a State Sales tax and do away with Payroll taxes in 2014 session. Since retirees do not pay State payroll Tax on pensions and Social Security now, they will be paying a Georgia Sales Tax if this happens, a significant tax increase for retirees. This will hurt Seniors who live on Social Security and Pensions. This will also hurt poor people, and help well off people who are working. I will be writing my reps on this one. This was on WSB TV last night. This bill was supposed to be introduced today, basically for next year's session.
Another comment on a Georgia State sales tax in lew of Payroll tax,
Tennessee has this and it translates into a 9 to 10% sales tax total- I don't shop in Chattanooga!
The Georgia Senate has a committee looking at this State Sales Tax right now 7/18/2013. They call it the Fair tax. This will hurt Seniors on pensions and Social Security. Write and call your representatives now, please.

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