ND House Votes Down More Tax Bills

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Yesterday the North Dakota House voted down a number of tax bills, most notably one that would have suspended the state income tax for two years, and today another laundry list of tax bills got shot down.

Here’s the kill list:

HB1396, introduced by Rep. Kim Koppelman, would have required that any property sold in an arm’s-length transaction (i.e. not to a family member for some ridiculously low amount) be assessed for taxing purposes at the value of the sale. The intent of the bill is to more closely hold property tax valuations to true market value. It went down on a 5 – 84 vote.

HB1222, introduced by Rep. Eliot Glassheim, would have exempted clothing from the state sales tax. It went down on a 25 – 63 vote.

HB1240, introduced by Rep. Corey Mock, would have exempted non-profit organizations (those under the 501c3 designation in the federal tax code) from the state sales tax. It went down on a 33 – 56 vote.

HB1330, introduced by Rep. Jessica Haak, was a complicated bill which would have allowed residents to deduct a percentage of their federal income tax liability from their state income tax liability (with a separate formula entirely for non-residents with North Dakota income). It went down on a 18 – 70 vote.

One small tax relief bill did pass.

HB1300, introduced by Rep. Kim Koppelman, would have expanded property tax exemptions for churches. Currently church land (including property used for residences for religious leaders) up to a certain acreage are exempt. This bill would have gotten rid of the acreage cap and would have extended the exemption to “Any real property owned by any religious corporation or organization and used to further the religious purposes of the organization and not leased or otherwise used with a view to profit.” It passed on a 83 – 6 vote.

Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com. In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters. He writes a weekly column for several North Dakota newspapers, and also serves as a policy fellow for the North Dakota Policy Council.

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  • nimrod

    Looks like we are all going to have to start our own churches to get some tax relief out of this session.

  • http://nofreelunch.areavoices.com/ Kevin Flanagan

    The greed of these slackers is endless.

  • RCND

    There will be no tax relief this session. If something has not firmed up by now what will be passed will be a charade

  • Eric Wittliff

    What about the Oil TAX one?

  • http://ndgoon.blogspot.com Goon

    How much more does the state of ND need to steal from us?

  • Patrick R. Pfeiffer

    Who the hell are we kidding? All this “other people’s money” is more intoxicating than cocaine. Being in charge of all that money is a rush. It’s power. And Bismarck loves power.
    It’s a rare, rare politican who can stay true to the limited government prinicpals of our founding with all that money to control.
    It’s clear this batch in Bismarck has no intention of returning overtaxation to the citizens. Not a jot; not a tittle.
    Bear in mind, I can buy the argument that the government of a state with a small population like ours should have some reserves to weather economic ups and downs without jerky, radical changes to tax structure.
    But when a state like ND, with an overwhelmingly Republican legislature; swimming in cash…I mean, literally awash a billion+ dollars in excess cash simply will not return a penny to the citizen you pretty much understand why the country is where it is.
    Meanwhile Bismarck political insiders happily dole out property tax exemeptions and income tax exemptions and sales tax exemptions to their cronies; business as usual, by golly one might say Washington DC style.
    This is the stuff that gives a guy a heart attack; in my case literally.
    We’re supposed to be a conservative state. We thought we elected conservative representatives and “our party” has a huge maority. And still all they are interested in is hanging on to the excess cash and growing government.
    CITIZENS ought to have a surplus-NOT a freaking government.
    WHO WORKS FOR WHO MY FRIENDS?
    We all know how it’s supposed to work; but let’s stop kidding ourselves-we’ve been tax slaves to the state for some time now.

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