Idaho Girl Scouts want end to Thin Mint tax

BOISE, Idaho (AP) More money from the sale of Thin Mints and Tagalongs by Girl Scouts in Idaho would go back to troops under a tax break proposal making its way through the House.

The House Revenue and Taxation Committee voted Monday to introduce legislation to end the 6 percent state sales tax charged on Girl Scout cookies.

That tax now at 22 cents per box generates about $140,000 annually.

If the tax-break is approved, Girl Scout lobbyist Julie Hart said troops in central and southern Idaho would keep cookie prices at $3.75 per box. She said the scouts would use the extra money to support scholarships to help low-income girls take part in organization.

She said 48 other states already exempt the annual cookie sales from the state sales tax.