Realtors demand voters decide on banning service taxes

Posted: July 17, 2018 / Source: Ahwatukee Foothills News

Arizona Realtors formally launched their bid last week to ask voters to ban state lawmakers from ever taxing services, even if it also would reduce or eliminate taxes on other necessities – or even if legislators say the revenues are needed.

The Arizona Association of Realtors submitted more than 400,000 signatures on petitions to put a measure on the November ballot to constitutionally prohibit a state sales tax on services. That includes everything from their own services to medical care, barbers, lobbying services and weight-loss centers.

Services could generate millions in tax revenue if state taxed them

Some services that are currently exempt and would be off limits to future taxes under the ballot measure, and the approximate revenues they could generate:

•Hospitals: $810.1 million

•Physicians: $454 million

•Legal: $184.9 million

•Dentists: $121.9 million

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