Senate committee chairman not happy with tax commission investigating a 12-year-old


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In the aftermath of recent news about the Idaho State Tax Commission investigating a 12-year-old boy who operated a fruit stand over the summer, the chairman of the state Senate Local Government and Taxation Committee is considering reforms to the state’s tax policies.

“It is disturbing,” Sen, Jeff Siddoway, R-Terreton, said of the child investigation news. In an interview with IdahoReporter.com, Siddoway noted that after he read the news: “I just shook my head and thought ‘what are we doing here? Hasn’t the tax commission got better things to do? Is really where we want to put our resources?’”

Siddoway also noted that “Idaho currently has a long, long list of tax laws pertaining to children.”

Among his ideas, Siddoway proposes placing “thresholds” on the tax commission, thresholds that would need to be crossed with a particular individual or business entity before the commission launches an investigation.

“There has to be a commonplace threshold some way,” he said.

Siddoway also would like consideration of broadening the tax base, while lowering the sales tax rate. “If we could build a broader base of taxpayers, perhaps we could enjoy a 4 percent sales tax rather than the current 6 percent,” he said.

Full audio of Siddoway’s remarks can be heard HERE

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