Delaware Legislature Mulls Markell Tax Hike Plans

Apr 1, 2014

Governor Jack Markell (D-De)
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DOVER, Del. (AP) - A package of tax increases upon which Gov. Jack Markell is relying to help pay for his spending plan for next fiscal year is up for a vote in the state House.

The bill to be voted on Tuesday increases the annual tax on limited liability companies and business partnerships from $250 to $300. It also increases the minimum annual corporation franchise tax by $100.  

The bill requires three-fifths votes in the House and Senate. House Democrats postponed a vote last week, when at least one Democrat was absent.

Administration officials say the tax increases should generate an additional $51 million annually, and that the taxes will be paid mostly by businesses located outside of Delaware, which is the legal home for more than 1 million business entities.