Status Summary

First reading, referred to Finance on 1.19.21.

Public hearing in the House Committee on Finance on 2.2.21 at 1:30 p.m.

Executive action taken session in the House Committee on Finance on 2.4.21.

FIN- Majority pass on 2.5.21.

Referred to Appropriations on 2.8.21.

Public hearing in the House Committee on Appropriations on 2.17.21.

Executive action taken in the House Committee on Appropriations on 2.18.21; 1st substitute bill passed.  

Referred to Rules 2 Review on 2.22.21.

Rules Committee relieved of further consideration. Placed on second reading on 2.24.21.

(updated 3.5.21)

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In order to stimulate local economic activity, advance racial equity, and promote economic stability and well-being for lower income working people, HB1297 updates and simplifies the structure of the working families tax exemption that would be provided to eligible low-income persons for sales taxes paid under this chapter after January 1, 2022. 

Definitions and eligibility requirements are delineated, including tax remittance amounts based on family size.

Among other provisions, the department shall, in conjunction with other agencies or organizations, design and implement a public information campaign to inform potentially eligible persons of the existence of, and requirements for the working families tax exemption.

The department also must work with the internal revenue service to administer the exemption on an automatic basis as soon as practicable.