Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin’s tax reform plans include several critical components, not the least of which is planned sales tax expansion, which would require laundromat owners, among others, to collect sales tax.
All signs indicate that the governor’s tax reform plan will take shape quickly, ahead of the special session to be called this fall. According to the Coin Laundry Association
and its legislative analyst MultiState Associates
, that special session will only be long enough to accommodate the minimum number of legislative days to pass the proposal in its final form.
“Now is the time to weigh in and make our case for the preservation of the laundry exemption in Kentucky,” said CLA President and CEO Brian Wallace. “With this critical goal in mind, the CLA has engaged Karen Thomas Lentz at Commonwealth Alliances to lobby this issue on behalf of the industry in Kentucky. Karen has an excellent track record and has twice before been engaged by the CLA to handle this issue on behalf of the state’s laundry owners.
“My goal is to connect a select group of key laundry owners with Karen so that all might explore legislative contacts and the best tactics for making our voice heard now, while the full tax reform plan is taking shape. It will be very difficult to intercede on this issue if we wait until the special session – we must act now.”
The protection of the sales tax exemption for self-service laundries has long been the top legislative priority for the CLA. For more about this important issue for the vended laundry industry, visit: coinlaundry.org/advocacy/stop-laundry-tax