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Chamber Opposes Tax Bill

March 6th, 2024 by WCBC Radio

The Maryland Chamber of Commerce, along with a coalition of businesses, local and regional chambers and associations from across the state, strongly opposes House Bill 1515. This legislation, titled “Sales and Use Tax – Rate Reduction and Services,” is a misguided attempt to fund critical priorities through a massive $2.9 billion tax increase on Maryland residents and businesses.

While HB 1515 proposes lowering the state sales tax rate from 6% to 5%, it would simultaneously expand the sales tax to a wide variety of everyday services that have never been taxed before, including, but not limited to:

  • Accounting and financial planning services
  • Child care services
  • Legal and appraisal services
  • Real estate services
  • Shipping and delivery services
  • Transportation, towing and parking services
  • Auto mechanic services
  • Grocery delivery, gym memberships, personal training services
  • Home repair and improvement services
  • Home cleaning and mold remediation services
  • Landscaping and tree removal services
  • Dry cleaning and laundry services
  • Nail salon, barber shop and beauty salon services
  • Veterinary and pet grooming services
  • Advertising, public relations, printing and media streaming services
  • Funeral services