WVa Gov Reviving Tax Review Effort

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Charleston, W.Va. (AP) -- The Manchin administration is taking another stab at revamping West Virginia's tax code.

Gov. Joe Manchin plans to restart the state tax modernization project. Revenue secretary Virgil Helton and tax commissioner Chris Morris will help lead it.

The project last released a 2006 study that recommended for and against dozen of potential changes to West Virginia's tax system.

Manchin and the legislature adopted several of those. Among them, the state is gradually reducing key business taxes and has cut the sales tax on groceries by half.

The governor says the new work group will review those steps, and seek additional changed. Manchin calls the goal a simpler and more fair tax code.

Economists and business and labor leaders will be on the work group.

(Copyright 2009 by the Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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