Click HERE for a printable PDF of the 2012 Georgia Chamber Tax & Finance Policy Statement.
Tax Policy -- The Georgia Chamber of Commerce recognizes the impact of global competition on businesses and supports tax proposals that encourage job creation and retention in Georgia. We recognize that businesses are the key to bringing jobs, economic development and an improved quality of life for all Georgians. We also recognize that business investment decisions are seldom made in a vacuum, and are decided based on a number of economic and quality of life variables.
The Chamber supports the efforts of the Special Council on Tax Reform and Fairness for Georgians, which provides a historic opportunity for developing recommendations to update and modernize our state tax code. The examination of the current tax base, tax rates and compliance issues helps bring attention to the need to make Georgia a better place for business already here and a more attractive destination for businesses looking to relocate.
As Congress and the General Assembly contemplate tax reform, the Chambersupports changes to tax policy that:
Tax Compliance -- The Georgia Chamber of Commerce recognizes that a distinct component of state tax policy is the cost of compliance. As a result, the Chamber supports:
Tax Court -- To assist in a more streamlined and efficient resolution of tax disputes, the Georgia Chamber of Commerce supports creation of an independent trial court over tax disputes involving the Georgia Department of Revenue. A tax court would also increase the uniformity of decision-making in tax cases, improve access to the judicial process and increase public confidence in the state tax system.