|Posted:||December 8, 2016 11:45 AM|
|From:||Senator Guy Reschenthaler|
|To:||All Senate members|
|Subject:||Guide, Hearing, and Service Dogs Tax Exemption|
|In the near future, I plan on introducing legislation that would add a sales tax exemption for guide, hearing, or service dogs, and the products and services necessary for their care.
Guide, hearing, and service dogs provide a means to independence for a person with a disability, similar to a wheelchair or other adaptive equipment. These dogs allow their owners to more fully engage in their surroundings and contribute as members of their families and communities.
Many people in need of a service dog live on low-income budgets, so they may not have the resources necessary to obtain and care for a service dog. The care of service dogs, from veterinarian appointments to food and equipment, can cost around $1,500 a year. These expenses can deter people with disabilities from purchasing a service dog, preventing them from living a more full and independent life.
Our legislation would make the following products and services exempt from sales tax:
Previous co-sponsors of this proposed legislation include: Senators Argall, Eichelberger, Stefano, Greenleaf, Bartolotta, Rafferty, Killion, Schwank, Vulakovich, Hutchinson, Yudichak, Brewster, Aument, and Ward.
I hope you will join me in co-sponsoring this legislation. Please contact my office with any questions at 717-787-5839.
Introduced as SB177