June 07, 2006

Thiele Seeks Tax Exemption

Commercial fisherman can apply to get back fuel taxes —both excise and sales — they pay. However, they have to up front the cost. And that's become burdensome for many small operators.

Over and over those interviewed by The Independent complained that workers in another beleaguered industry – farming – don't suffer similarly. They receive a comparable tax exemption up front.

Assemblyman Fred Thiele is working to give fishermen the same accommodation. He's submitted a bill that would exempt commercial vessels from the tax at the time they fill up. The bill has received bi-partisan support, as well as endorsement from the Long Island Association and gas retailers. It's currently under review by the Ways & Means Committee and will be considered for a vote before the end of the month.

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