Tenn. Senate Plans Eternal Ban on Income Tax

Thursday, 10 Mar 2011 04:01 PM

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Tennessee lawmakers Wednesday proposed forever banning a new state income tax by writing the ban into the state constitution, reports the Tennessean.

The state Senate approved a resolution that would prohibit any new income taxes, including a ban on payroll taxes. However, investments would still be subject to state taxes.

State Sen. Brian Kelsey, a Germantown Republican, told the newspaper the measure would permanently eliminate any chance of ordinary income being taxed by the state.

"Not having a state income tax has already brought jobs to Tennessee," Kelsey said. The amendment “will help make us the No. 1 state in the Southeast for high-quality jobs."

The state House now takes up the issue. If the measure passes this year, it will come up again in the next legislative session that starts in 2013.

A two-thirds majority would then have to approve the income tax ban. If that happens, voters would see the question on the 2014 ballot.

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