Girl Scout Cookie Tax Break Passes Idaho House, Could Face Uphill Battle In The Senate

Mar 19, 2013

These Boise-area Scouts learn how to count change for their future customers.
Credit Emilie Ritter Saunders / StateImpact

A sales tax exemption for Girl Scout cookies sold in Idaho will advance to the upper chamber after lawmakers in the House approved the measure 59-11.

Idaho and Hawaii are the only two states that tax the sale of Girl Scout cookies. In Idaho, 22 cents from every box sold goes to the state. That amounts to about $140,000 in revenue each year.

The tax exemption bill may have a tougher time in the Senate, where President Pro Tem Brent Hill (R-Rexburg) has said he’s not sure if the bill will even get a hearing.

During an Idaho Press Club lunch last week, Hill said lawmakers need to rethink the strategy of granting tax exemptions to individual organizations that lobby lawmakers each year.

“I’m going to get in so much trouble for this but, you know those same Girls Scouts that want a little bit extra for their camps this year, those are going to be mothers down the road that are going to be shopping for groceries to put food on the table for their kids,” said Hill. Click here to continue reading...