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TN Thanksgiving: “Taxing Turkey”

November 21, 2007

Nashville, TN – Save a serving for the taxman. Tennesseans sitting down to Thanksgiving dinners this week are assessed the highest food sales tax rate in the country, 7 percent, enough to pay for another helping. The Tennessee General Assembly is getting ready to pull a chair up to the table and talk about how to take the tax "bite" out of food bills.

Faye Holcomb with Manna Inc., a Nashville-based group of hunger-fighters, says food costs are rising and winter heating bills are about to up-end working families' budgets.

"And think about how much of that is going out in tax. That could be an extra week of food for that family."

Holcomb says the Assembly should consider closing a business tax loophole that lets out-of-state corporations avoid paying the state corporate income tax. The savings should be used to reduce the food tax, she says.

"There's enough money being made here, there are enough companies doing business here, that we should not have to have an exorbitantly high food tax."

Holcomb says working families feel the tax bite more than higher income families because they pay about five times the percentage of their income for food. Twenty-one other states have closed the corporate tax loophole. Hunger fighters say the loophole encourages companies to come to Tennessee.

Deborah Smith/Eric Mack, Public News Service - TN