A handful of lawmakers in Georgia have filed legislation to exempt sworn peace officers from paying state income taxes.
House Bill 992 was filed on Wednesday by Republican State Representatives Rick Williams, Bill Hitchens, Matthew Gambill, Alan Powell, and Stan Gunter. Hitchens previously served as the Colonel of the Georgia State Patrol and his son, Billy Hitchens, is now second in command for the agency, Georgia Virtue reports.
The single-page bill, which has been assigned to the House Ways & Means committee, calls for full exemption of the state's income tax payments for law enforcement officers charged with “enforcing criminal laws and exercising the power of arrest,” so long as the individual continues to pay his or her federal income taxes.
If approved, House Bill 992 would take effect for the 2023 tax year.