IRPA Gains Ground In Push For Sales Tax Parity In Indiana

Posted On: 2/1/2018

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INDIANAPOLIS -- The Indiana Refreshment Provider Association (IRPA) is continuing its efforts to obtain sales tax parity for operators doing business in Indiana.

The sales tax parity legislation, SB 124, authored by Sen. Travis Holdman (R-Markle), passed Indiana's Senate Tax & Fiscal Policy Committee on Jan. 31 by a vote of 11-0.  

IRPA president Jeff Snyder, Snyder Food Services Inc. (Kendallville), testified on the industry's behalf, along with Justin McDonald of American Food and Vending (Indianapolis).

"This is a significant victory, as the committee process is the most critical step in the passage of legislation in Indiana," according to IRPA executive director/lobbyist Steve Beebe.  "Given the overwhelming support of the Indiana House of Representatives in 2017, coupled with this most recent event, must be considered extremely encouraging for everyone doing business in Indiana that the long-sought objective of parity may finally be achieved."

Beebe explained that SB 124 will be eligible for second and third reading early next week. Second reading is the opportunity for any Senator to offer an amendment to the bill, but Beebe said he does not anticipate any amendments at this time.  If there are no amendments, the bill automatically passes to third reading, which is the final vote in the Senate. Upon passage of the Senate, SB 124 will move to the House where the process will be repeated.