Helicopters, trout and burial caskets — those are three of the items Gov. Rendell proposed taxing in his budget address today.
As part of his plan to help cover rising pension costs and the loss of federal stimulus money, the governor wants to repeal 74 sales tax exemptions.
Though he wouldn’t institute taxes on essential items like food and clothing, Rendell argued for a new sense of rationality in the state tax code. Right now, he observed, moviegoers buy candy tax free but pay sales tax on popcorn.
To offset the increases, Rendell also proposed lowering the state sales tax rate from 6 percent to 4 percent.
After the jump, the full list of good and services that would be newly taxed if Rendell's proposal passed.
There are indeed some hilarious exemptions. Our personal favorite might be fish feed.
Accounting, auditing and bookkeeping services
Advertising, public relations & related services
All other professional and technical services
Amusement & recreation industries
Architectural, engineering, & related services
Call Center Credit
Candy and Gum
Caskets and Burial Vaults
Catalogs and Direct Mail Advertising
Charges for Returnable Containers
Coin Operated Food and Beverage Vending Machines
Commercial Vessels (Construction & Repair)
Commercial Vessels (Equipment, Maintenance)
Construction of Memorials
Consulting (scientific, environmental, & technical)
Custom programming, design & data processing
Dry-cleaning & laundry services
Electric – Residential
Electrical, plumbing, heating & AC service fees
Financial Institutions Fees
Fuel Oil/Gas – Residential
Funeral parlors, crematories & death care services
Horses Sold to Out of State Purchasers
Investment Metal Bullion & Investment Coins
Liquor or Malt Beverage Purchased From Retail Dispenser
Mfg. Exemption (Public Utility)
Motor Vehicles (Out-of-State Purchases)
Museums, historical sites, zoos, & parks For-Profit
Other: personal services
Parking lots & garages
Personal care services
Personal Hygiene Products
Rail Transportation Equipment
Recreational parks, camps & campgrounds
Rental of Films for Commercial Exhibition
Scientific research & development services
Services to Buildings and Dwellings
Spectator sports admissions (excludes schools)
Stair Lift Devices
Telephone – Residential
Theater, dance, music & performing arts admissions For-Profit
Tourist Promotion Agencies
Transit & ground transportation
Uniform Commercial Code Filing Fees
Waste management and remediation services
Water and Sewage Services
Wrapping and Packing Supplies
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