By Brian Reisinger, Nashville Business Journal:
A fight over how to tax solar installations in Tennessee could spill over into other industries, depending on how a key step in the debate turns out.
State Attorney General Bob Cooper is currently considering a request for an opinion on the state’s use of “pollution control” as a justification for tax breaks. The state currently uses pollution control as a justification for reduced taxation of solar installations — the source of a major dispute in the Tennessee General Assembly last spring — as well as other equipment the government requires certain industries to install for environmental reasons.
Opponents of efforts to reform how solar is taxed, as well as economic development experts, have cautioned that casting doubt on the state’s statute could impact the taxation not only of solar but also for equipment used by other industries. State officials pushing reform acknowledged that risk but said its impact is likely to be minimal… Read more