By Robert Mann
Jindal administration officials today released a list of the various services, previously tax exempt, that would be subject to a 5.88 percent sales tax under the governor’s proposed tax “reform” proposal.
If you eliminate income and corporate taxes, you must make up the difference somewhere. Altogether, the services Jindal wants to tax would raise $1.4 billion in additional revenue.
This from the governor who once refused to support the simple renewal of a 4-cent cigarette tax because, in his estimation, it was a “tax increase.”
The new services Jindal wants to tax include everything from haircuts to lawn maintenance to tax preparation to veterinary care. And that’s on top of an enormous increase in existing sales taxes.
In other words, in order to abolish taxes for the wealthy and corporations, you’ll be hit with a 47 percent sale tax hike — plus, another $1.4 billion in new sales taxes.
Perhaps it would be easier if Jindal just released the much-shorter list of items he will not propose taxing.
Here’s a partial list of what would be taxed under Jindal’s plan:
- Couriers and messengers services
- Accounting, tax preparation, bookkeeping, and payroll services
- Custom computer programming services
- Advertising related services
- Photographic services
- Veterinary services
- All other miscellaneous professional, scientific, and technical services
- Travel arrangement and reservation services
- Investigation and security services
- Services to buildings and dwellings
- Waste management and remediation services
- Cable and other subscription services
- Data processing‐ hosting‐ ISP‐ web search portals
- Performing arts
- Independent artists, writers, and performers
- Personal care services
- Proposed sales tax on services would hit all aspects of daily life (indeonline.com)
- Lucky Duckies: Jindal tax plan forces poor to pay their fair share (bobmannblog.com)
- Some straight talk for Bobby Jindal: Dude, you are not going to be president (bobmannblog.com)
- Jindal’s tax-swap outline leaves many questions unanswered (louisianaweekly.com)
- Jindal plan would remove income, raise state sales tax to 5.88% (ktbs.com)