Summarized by Kent Larsen
Tax exemption revoked for religious publications
Pittsburgh PA Tribune-Review 13Oct99 D1
By Marc Lukasiak: Tribune-Review
Until Tuesday, merchants in Pennsylvania didn't have to charge sales
tax on religious items that they sold. But the U.S. Supreme Court
refused on Tuesday to hear arguments on an appeal from the Pennsylvania
State Supreme Court, which ruled that sales of religious items are
taxable. The refusal to hear the appeal will likely lead to challenges
to sales tax laws in other states that exempt materials from sales tax
on religious grounds.
For LDS Church members and retailers of LDS products, this decision may
eventually mean that they will have to pay or charge sales tax on LDS
products, if they do not already have to do so. There are currently no
LDS product retailers in Pennsylvania, so the immediate effect on LDS
businesses is minimal.