Taxes, and fees, and taxes, and – taxes

One of the themes of this session seems to already be taxation. Taxes are usually a big issue, but this year there are many bills already up for consideration:

HB 1005: revise and repeal certain fees that are established to compensate counties for services provided by county officials.

HB 1006: authorize counties to impose sales and use taxes.

HB1043: revise the state aid to special education formula.
HB 1044: revise the state aid to general education formula.

SB 2: revise the distribution of the revenue from the alcoholic beverage fund.

SB 3: revise the income criteria for determining if property is classified as agricultural land for property tax purposes.

SB 16: increase fees for nursery inspection and to declare an emergency.

SB 36: revise certain fees and the allocation of fees collected by the secretary of state, to make an appropriation therefor, and to declare an emergency.

SB 49: revise certain fees collected by the secretary of state, to revise the allocation of fees, to make an appropriation for an online business registration and filing system, and to declare an emergency.

SB 51: revise certain provisions concerning the use tax.

This is not a comprehensive list, but most of the bills that should be of interest for those particularly dealing with agricultural taxes, fees, land valuation, and business fees.

Yesterday in the State of the State, Governor Daugaard proposed a reduction in property taxes in tandem with a .05% increase in sales tax to pay for increased teacher pay. Dakota Rural Action has a strong position against regressive taxes like a food tax. Putting a higher burden on families purchasing food, clothing, and other essentials is a difficult way to justify paying for an increase in teacher pay – particularly when teacher pay those taxes right along with everyone else.

With counties, education, roads, and any number of other items needing additional funding, expect taxes and fees to be a big topic of conversation this legislative season.

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