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Committee OKs tax exemption bill on honeybees

By Staff | Apr 19, 2015

DES MOINES (AP) – An Iowa House committee has approved legislation that would exempt the sale of honey bees from certain taxes, though one lawmaker questioned the point of the bill.

The Ways and Means Committee voted 22-1 on April 7 for the bill, which would exempt the sale of honey bees from the state’s sales tax and use tax, which is at a 6 percent rate.

The bill now heads to the full House.

A sales tax is paid to the state for the sale of goods and services.

A use tax is similar, but deals generally with goods and services that may not have originated in the state.

Rep. Daniel Kelly, of Newton, said the tax exemption could help the dwindling industry.

Rep. Jerry Kearns, of Keokuk, questioned if an exemption was the solution.

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