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Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Sen. John Albers Co-Sponsored Constitutional Amendment to Phase Out State Income Tax.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Jennifer Yarber, Interim Director Shawna Mercer, Sr. Communications Specialist Shawna.mercer@senate.ga.gov 404.656.0028

ATLANTA (January 17, 2013) – Sen. John Albers (R- Roswell) today co-sponsored Senate Resolution 8, a proposal that would create a constitutional amendment to phase out the Georgia State Income Tax.

“Eliminating the state income tax is the right thing to do for Georgia,” said Sen. Albers. “I am optimistic that my colleagues in both chambers will recognize the significance of eliminating Georgia’s income tax to support job creation and reduce the burden on our taxpayers.”

Many economists suggest that one of the most effective ways to promote job creation is to systematically eliminate the state income tax.

Currently, the Georgia income tax rate is 6 percent. Several states do not have an income tax including Florida, Tennessee, Texas, Wyoming, Washington, New Hampshire, Nevada and Alaska. Other states have the abolition of their state income tax under consideration, including North Carolina, Louisiana and Nebraska.

If approved by Georgia voters, Senate Resolution 8 would phase out the income tax completely by the year 2027. This process would be gradual, reducing the tax rate by .5 percent every year until the income tax is eliminated.

Amendments to the Georgia Constitution may be introduced in either the House of Representatives or the Senate. An amendment must be approved by a 2/3 majority of each legislative chamber in order for it to be placed on the ballot for voter approval. #### Sen. John Albers represents the 56th Senate District which includes portions of North Fulton County. He may be reached at his office at 404.463.8055 or by email at john.albers@senate.ga.gov.

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