Originally created 05/07/99

Exempt S.C. food tax 050799 - The Augusta Chronicle

Even though the Legislature is due to adjourn next month there is still much to be settled in South Carolina tax and budget policies.

But the House has at least taken one very constructive step by voting in favor of two bills, one exempting food from the sales tax and the other exempting a host of medical equipment, including prescription eyeglasses, crutches, wheelchairs and more. (Prescription medicines are already exempt.)

The Senate must follow the House's lead on this. To be sure, most Palmetto Staters would like to see much bigger tax cuts than these (whatever happened to auto tax cuts?), but these cuts are particularly important, especially for low-income families, because items necessary to live should not be taxed.

Everyone has to buy groceries, but not everyone should have to pay a sales tax on basic food items. The same is true with medical necessities.

Georgia and most other states have gotten rid of these "inhumane" sales taxes; it's time South Carolina did, too. If lawmakers get rid of no other taxes this session, they ought to at least get rid of these.

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