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Senate Panel Passes New Tax Legislation

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Senate Panel Passes New Tax Legislation

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Journal Record Staff Reporter

New tax legislation involving services and semitrailers was passed Tuesday by the Oklahoma Senate Finance Committee. The bills will next be heard in the full Senate.

Senate Joint Resolution 19 calls for a special election and statewide vote on whether to levy a 4.5 percent gross receipts tax on legal services; engineering, architectural and surveying services; accounting, auditing and bookkeeping services; and newspaper advertising. The resolution was authored by Sen. Lewis Long, D-Glenpool. Newspaper advertising was inserted in the measure by Sen. Herb Rozell, D-Tahlequah.

"I have constituents that are paying taxes on milk and essentials to live on," Long said. "Big corporate attorneys aren't being taxed."

Services are being used more all the time, he noted. By eliminating the current sales tax exemptions on services, it would broaden the tax base and enable some taxes to be lowered, Long said. In fact, Long said later this session he might propose an amendment to eliminate automobile registration fees and the sales tax on food. …

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