[r90] House Says 'Yes' to Rep. Murphy's Home Energy Tax Break for Low-Income Homes (2/9/2009)

Monday, February 9, 2009

Start Date: 2/9/2009 All Day
End Date: 2/9/2009
(STATEHOUSE) Feb. 9, 2009 - The Indiana House of Representatives voted today to pass a bill that makes current sales tax exemptions permanent for those who acquire heat or other home energy through a state program for low-income households.

Rep. Mike Murphy (R-Indianapolis), an author for the bill, said the sales tax exemption expires July 1 under current law.

"This is one of the most fundamentally fair and common-sense bills that will come before us this session," said Rep. Murphy.  "This is a good bill that aims to create consistency in tax policy, and it's one that should garner bipartisan support."

The bill, House Bill 1080, passed with a strong bipartisan vote of 78-16.

It provides a sales tax exemption for those in the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Block Grant who use electricity, oil, gas, coal, propane or any other fuel to heat or cool their homes. 

Homes that utilized the sales tax exemption in 2008 saved an average of $317.  The exemption has been in effect since 2006.

House Bill 1080 also eliminates sales tax for certain auctions of private property.  The bill broadens current exemptions to include auctions that are not held on the premises of the seller.

The bill will now be considered by the Senate.