The Michigan House of Representatives took its second tentative steps to eliminate sales taxes on COVID-19 personal protection equipment for Michigan businesses.
If approved as currently amended, a package of bills would render all businesses expenses for PPE retroactive to March 10, the day Gov. Gretchen Whitmer declared a public health emergency, and sunset on Dec. 31, 2021.
The House Tax Policy Committee heard arguments Tuesday for and against House Bills 6033, 6034 and 6035. The three bipartisan bills were introduced on July 23.
HB 6033 would amend the 1937 General Sales Tax Act to allow an exemption for costs incurred by employees for the purchase of PPE and equipment required as a condition of employment. The bill is sponsored by Rep. Michael Webber, R-Rochester Hills.
HB 6034, also sponsored by Webber and Rep. Jim Lilly, R- Park Township, would amend the 1937 Use Tax Act by exempting PPE