A county-by-county look at how increasing Oklahoma’s Sales Tax Relief Credit benefits families, seniors

Oklahoma lawmakers this session are considering a measure (House Bill 3353) that would strengthen the value of Oklahoma’s Sales Tax Relief Credit — commonly known as the “grocery tax credit” — to provide meaningful, targeted relief to the Oklahomans who most need it. 

Oklahoma’s Sales Tax Relief Credit, which stands at $40 per person in a qualifying household, has not been adjusted since its creation more than 30 years ago. HB 3353 proposes to increase the credit from $40 to $180 per person and slightly increase the qualifying income limits with a phase-out. 

The interactive map below shows county-by-county the impacts of the expanded credit, including how many Oklahoma families would see a tax reduction, the number of newly eligible households getting the credit for the first time, and the number of households with seniors who would save on their grocery sales tax.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Emma Morris joined Oklahoma Policy Institute as the Health Care and Revenue Policy Analyst in April 2021, and she previously worked as an OK Policy intern and as the Health Care Policy Fellow. She has worked as a case manager with justice-involved individuals and volunteered as a mentor for youth in her community. Emma holds dual bachelor’s degrees in Women’s and Gender Studies and Public and Nonprofit Administration from the University of Oklahoma, and is currently working on a Master of Public Administration degree from OU-Tulsa. She is an alumna of OK Policy’s 2019 Summer Policy Institute and The Mine, a social entrepreneurship fellowship.

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