House Minority Leader Emily Virgin, D-Norman, hosted an interim study last week focused on exploring Oklahoma’s state sales tax on groceries.
The study looked at how the state tax on groceries affects Oklahomans
“We heard a lot of comments and concerns regarding the state sales tax on groceries,” Virgin said. “I feel confident leaving the study that there are people on all sides of this conversation who want to see the tax end. Now it’s about finding the political will to make it happen.”
One of the key talking points of the study was regarding the state’s regressive tax system.
“Sales taxes are the most regressive types of taxes we have,” said Paul Shinn, Oklahoma Policy Institute budget and tax senior policy analyst. “Due to the reliance on sales taxes, like the grocery tax, Oklahomans making the least money pay significantly more in taxes as a percentage of their income than those making the most.”
Moving forward, legislation will be crafted to address the state sales tax on groceries, Virgin said.