Hearing on Communications Sales and Use Tax Modernization Legislation Delayed; Please Make Calls in Support

January 25, 2018

HB 1051 (Watts) was scheduled for consideration in House Finance Committee’s Subcommittee #2 on January 24, but was delayed until next week. (As General Assembly members juggle subcommittee and full committee meetings, temporary delays are not uncommon.)  VACo encourages members to contact their delegates in support.

TALKING POINTS

  • The bill updates the CSUT by removing the exemptions for audio and streaming services, and prepaid calling services.
  • Elimination of these exemptions was identified by a Department of Taxation study (mandated by the General Assembly) in 2015 as a way to stabilize declining revenues and remove the “competitive disadvantage” they place on providers of similar service, such as cable television and post-paid calling services.

KEY CONTACTS

House Finance Committee’s Subcommittee #2: Hugo (Chairman), Pogge, Cline, Fariss, Bloxom, Watts, Sullivan, Ayala, Ware

Also, please adopt a resolution showing your support. Here’s a template of a resolution counties may use. Send a copy of your resolutions to Dean Lynch at dlynch@vaco.org.

VACo Contacts: Joe Lerch, AICP and Katie Boyle

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