Sales tax changes could mean increase in prices

Sales tax changes could mean increase in prices
(Source: KAIT)

(KAIT/KARK) - The price of gas and groceries may be on the rise, as the state looks to change parts of the tax code.

According to KARK, the Arkansas legislature's Tax Reform and Relief Task Force named Tuesday morning which sales-tax exemptions could go under further review.

The 16 members filled two and a half pieces of paper with exemptions to potentially consider at their next meeting on April 25.

Many high-dollar items made it on the list, including the grocery tax.

However, legislators are unsure if other concessions should be made to help the poor.

Sen. Jim Hendren, R-Gravette, said advocacy groups from the left and right agree the state's reduced tax rate on grocery items is an inefficient way to help low-income Arkansans.

The other recommendations were the gas tax that funds roads and highways across the state, as well as a tax on medicine, which would make Arkansas one of the few states to tax prescription drugs.

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