Assembly Backs Down on Back-To-School Tax Break

January 21, 2003
Posted at: 1:25 p.m.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Legislators Tuesday held off on acting on a proposal that would give parents a tax break on back-to-school purchases.

Representative Larry Prater, a Democrat from Cedarville, pulled his proposal for a tax-free school shopping weekend from consideration after legislators facing major budget issues said it was too early to be looking at exemptions.

Prater also pulled a separate bill that would shield the first $500 of bonus pay and all overtime pay from the state income tax. He pledged to pursue both measures later this legislative session.

Prater said his bill to remove the sales tax from purchases of school clothes and shoes under $100 during the first weekend in August would mostly help low- and middle-income families. Similar legislation failed two years ago.

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