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Last updated 9:38PM ET
March 7, 2021
Legislator Advocates Even More Tax Cuts
(APR - Alabama Public Radio ) - An architect of Alabama's income tax cut is proposing an even bigger change that would remove the state sales tax on food, reduce taxes on low-income Alabamians and raise taxes on wealthier citizens.

The plan was designed by state Rep. John Knight with the support of Alabama Arise, an advocacy group for Alabama's poor.

In 2006, Knight worked with Arise and the governor to raise the threshold where Alabama families of four start paying the state income tax from $4,600 to $12,600. Now Knight is pushing legislation to remove the 4 percent state sales tax on food, increase the standard deduction and personal exemption, and end the state income tax deduction for federal taxes paid.

At a news conference Thursday with leaders of Alabama Arise, Knight said his plan would be revenue neutral. He said about 20 percent of Alabamians - primarily those making more than $200,000 per year - would pay more. The rest would pay about the same or less.

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