Posted on October 2, 2019 by admin
Several new laws and tax increases went into effect on October 1, 2019. Among the new laws are measures combatting the opioid crisis, a public act addressing school security – based on a bill I introduced – and tax assistance for the elderly.
While some of these new laws will benefit our state, the tax and fee hikes will increase the cost of living for the middle class.
I’ve highlighted some of this information below and have provided links for your reference.
As always, never hesitate to reach out to me with questions, comments, concerns or ideas related to this update or any matter relating to state government.
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Public Act 19-13 – An Act Prohibiting the Sale of Cigarettes, Tobacco Products, Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems and Vapor Products to Persons Under the Age of Twenty-one
Public Act 19-38 – An Act Increasing the Penalties for the Sale of Fentanyl
Public Act 19-43 – An Act Concerning the Confidentiality of Law Enforcement Records Concerning Victims of Sexual Assault and Family Violence
Public Act 19-52 – (See Sec. 3) – An Act Concerning School Security
Public Act 19-66 – An Act Expanding Eligibility for Tax Relief for Certain Elderly Homeowners
Public Act 19-169: An Act Extending Good Samaritan Protections for Persons or Entities that Include an Opioid Antagonist Within a Cabinet Containing an Automatic External Defibrillator.
Public Act 19-191 – (See Sec. 1-2, 4-6, 9-11) – An Act Addressing Opioid Use
Digital Goods – The tax on digital goods has increased from 1% to 6.35%. This increase applies to a wide range of online services, including, but not limited to, TV streaming services (e.g. Netflix, Hulu), online music (e.g. Spotify, Apple Music), eBooks, and in-app purchases made on smartphones.
Prepared Foods –The tax on prepared meals has now reached 7.35% on certain prepared foods. Last week, the Department of Revenue Services released a revised bulletin after unexpectedly including thousands of previously untaxed grocery items in their initial interpretation of the law as stated. Importantly, these items, including basic necessities, remain at risk of becoming taxable. The only way to protect consumers from being impacted by this regressive tax is to call a special session and remove the part of the law that taxes groceries. My colleagues and I have petitioned, and await further action from the Speaker of the House.
Motor Vehicle Trade-In Fee –The motor vehicle trade-in fee of $35 has increased to $100. Instead of being rewarded for trading in their old cars for new, more efficient vehicles, car buyers are being punished with a tax increase. This tax hurts not only families looking to upgrade their cars but also businesses that rely on fleets of vehicles to facilitate their everyday operations.
Alcohol – The excise tax on all alcohol sales, except beer, has increased by 10%. This significant increase will be felt by package stores small and large, as well as consumers looking to make alcohol purchases for family gatherings and events.