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State of South Dakota  
EIGHTIETH SESSION
LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY,  2005
 

883L0593  
SENATE BILL   NO.     100  

Introduced by:     Senator Bogue and Representative Dennert  



         FOR AN ACT ENTITLED, An Act to  clarify the rule-making authority for the sales tax on food refund program.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF SOUTH DAKOTA:
     Section  1.  That § 28-1-71 be amended to read as follows:
     28-1-71.   To be eligible for the sales tax on food refund program, a person shall:
             (1)      Be a South Dakota resident;
             (2)      Be the head of the household and certify the number of persons in the household;
             (3)      Have countable income at or below one hundred fifty percent of the federal poverty level, as updated annually by the United States Department of Health and Human Services and published in the Federal Register Department of Social Services in administrative rules promulgated pursuant to chapter 1-26 .
     Section  2.  That § 28-1-75 be amended to read as follows:
     28-1-75.   The estimate of sales tax on food paid or refund awarded under this program shall be determined based on:
             (1)      The thrifty food plan as determined annually by the United States Department of Agriculture adopted and updated annually in administrative rules promulgated by the Department of Social Services pursuant to chapter 1-26 ; and
             (2)      The number of individuals in the household.
     A monthly allotment shall be determined based on the thrifty food plan's maximum allotment and the corresponding number of individuals in the household. Once the monthly allotment is determined, it shall be annualized and multiplied by the average sales tax rate in South Dakota as determined by the Department of Revenue and Regulation. This shall be the annual level of refund eligible for the household. The annual refund shall be converted to a quarterly refund. This shall be the amount of eligible refund to the household.
     Section  3.  That § 28-1-76 be amended to read as follows:
     28-1-76.   If a household is a participant in the food stamp program administered by the Department of Social Services under chapter 28-12 for any of the period in which a refund is computed under § 28-1-75, those food stamp benefits shall be deducted from any refund received under the provisions of §§ 28-1-70 to 28-1-77, inclusive.