Car dealers ask state to reduce or lift sales tax

November 20, 2008 5:13:27 PM PST
A group representing about 300 car dealers in Connecticut is asking state leaders to temporarily reduce or lift the 6 percent sales tax on new cars and trucks. The Connecticut Automotive Retailers Association says it could help people afford to buy vehicles and let dealers avoid cutting jobs and closing locations.

WTNH-Channel 8 reports that the 300 dealers have more than 14,000 employees.

Advocates of the plan to temporarily lift or reduce the sales tax say it might also draw buyers from nearby states.

WTNH reports that Gov. M. Jodi Rell's budget office is reviewing the proposal to determine how much could be lost in sales tax and whether the income would be recouped in other ways.

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