2018-06-13 / Front Page

Governor approves sales tax parity for GMHA


Governor Nathan Deal recently signed into law Georgia HB #871 which grants the Georgia Manufactured Housing Association sales tax parity. Shown during the ceremony, are, from left, Neil Corbitt, State Representative; Jimmy Cotty; Vonda Spann; Knute Chauncy; Gov. Deal; Hiller Spann, GMHA Political Action Chairman; Jay Hamilton, GMHA Executive Director; and Dominick LaRiccia, State Representative. 
(Photo contributed) Governor Nathan Deal recently signed into law Georgia HB #871 which grants the Georgia Manufactured Housing Association sales tax parity. Shown during the ceremony, are, from left, Neil Corbitt, State Representative; Jimmy Cotty; Vonda Spann; Knute Chauncy; Gov. Deal; Hiller Spann, GMHA Political Action Chairman; Jay Hamilton, GMHA Executive Director; and Dominick LaRiccia, State Representative. (Photo contributed) Georgia Governor Nathan Deal recently signed into law Georgia House Bill #871 which was long sought-after legislation by the Georgia Manufactured Housing Association (GMHA), according to Jay Hamilton, Executive Director of the Association.

Hiller Spann of Millen and Gary Taylor, Political Action Chairman and Co-Chairman, served on behalf of the Association’s members for several years seeking sales tax parity for the GMHA consumers. This House Bill was sponsored by the following State Representatives: Dominic LaRiccia, 169th; Jon Burns, 159th; Butch Parrish, 158th; Clay Pirkle, 155th; Jay Powell, 171st; and Trey Rhodes, 120th.

Speaking on behalf of the Association, Hiller Spann said, “I also would like to thank State Senators Jesse Stone and Jack Hill for their work on this bill. Lt. Gov. Cagle and Gov. Deal also supported the legislation. This bill helps to level the playing field from a sales tax perspective for Georgia’s most affordable housing.”

This House Bill will serve as a model of excellence for future tax legislation to lower manufactured home buyers’ tax burden but still serve as an economic development engine for the state as manufactured home ownership increases. Studies show that families who own their homes in Georgia rank higher in all measurable indicators, whether it is economic, educational or simply overall personal satisfaction.

Going forward, Georgia’s manufactured home buyers will see thousands of dollars in personal savings when agreeing to place their homes on land they have purchased or inherited. By improving their land, these consumers will achieve higher appraisals and higher sales values while increasing the longevity of their homes.

GMHA is located in Forsyth, Georgia, and is the factory-built housing industry’s 501C non-profit state trade association.

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