Measure Seeks To Expand Grocery Tax Credit

Thursday, January 29th 2009, 4:31 pm
By: News On 6

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- Oklahoma's grocery tax credit would be expanded under a proposal to be considered by the state legislature.

Under the existing credit, families earning less than $50,000 a year can get a tax credit of $40 per household member to help offset the expense of the state grocery tax. The proposal would
increase that credit to $60 and expand eligibility to $60,000.

Republican Rep. John Trebilcock of Broken Arrow and Democratic Sen. Andrew Rice of Oklahoma City are backing the legislation.

Oklahoma is one of 16 states that levy a sales tax on groceries.

Trebilcock says this is a tough budget year for the state, so it wouldn't be practical to repeal the tax entirely, but expanding the grocery tax credit would at least provide some relief to Oklahomans who need it most.