Tax considered for growing list of services

ILLINOIS -- The next time you need to call a handyman, it could cost you extra. Part of the grand bargaining plan proposes a 5% sales tax on repair and maintenance needs.

One group says it's concerned some people may stop calling for repairs. The Home Builders Association says, if the tax goes into effect, the state could see a $30 million drop in work for home repair and maintenance.

Plus, the downfall won't stop there. HBA says people on fixed incomes might not be able to afford repairs which would lead to a crumbling housing market.

While it can lead to fewer people picking up the phone for help, it will also affect the job market. State officials estimate, if a 5% sales tax is added, more than 300 jobs will be lost.

HBA says it's trying to work with lawmakers for another solution. Other effects of the 5% tax include the state losing $5 million in local and sales tax revenue.


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