Bills nearing Whitmer exempt businesses from taxes on PPE

Michigan

Personal protective equipment in a hospital during the pandemic, 2020 (Nexstar)

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan businesses with COVID-19 safety protocols could retroactively seek a refund for sales taxes paid on personal protective equipment, disinfecting products and plexiglass barriers under bills nearing the desk of Gov. Gretchen Whitmer.

The Senate unanimously approved the Republican-sponsored legislation Wednesday. It previously cleared the House but goes back for a final vote because changes were made.

The sponsor has said the cost of protective equipment is among the challenges businesses have faced in the coronavirus pandemic.

It’s not clear if the Democratic governor will sign the tax break, which would reduce revenue by an unknown amount.

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