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Georgia lawmakers agree to 50-cent fee on ride-hailing trips

 Lyft drivers reaction to the possibility of Uber. (CNN)
Lyft drivers reaction to the possibility of Uber. (CNN) (KEVN)
Published: Jun. 24, 2020 at 1:00 PM CDT
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ATLANTA (AP) — A bill that would impose a flat tax of 50 cents on trips in Georgia taxis, ride-hailing services and limousines is on its way to Gov. Brian Kemp’s desk.

The Senate voted 41-3 to approve a conference report on Thursday. It says services such as Uber and Lyft won’t be subject to regular sales tax, which can be 7% or higher. The services argued the regular sales tax is too much to charge on a trip.

Efforts to entirely exempt the companies from taxes failed.

A revenue estimate suggested the move would bring in up to $45 million in the first full year. The bill would dedicate the money to transit projects statewide. The fee would rise with inflation.

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