CARSON CITY–A proposal by Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak was introduced Monday to the Nevada Senate that would provide for a sales tax holiday for Nevada National Guard members each year for Nevada Day.
Senate Bill 440 would provide a three-day sales tax exemption on Nevada Day and the subsequent Saturday and Sunday for all Nevada National Guard members–about 4,400 individuals–along with members of their households.
Additionally, SB 440 would amend existing law which provides for a sales tax exemption for Guard members who are engaged in full-time duty. The revised law would permit a 30-day sales tax exemption for Guard members who have been called to active duty outside the United States for more than 30 days.
In a statement, Gov. Sisolak alluded to Guard members’ activation and lengthy response during the COVID-19 pandemic as the reason behind the bill.
“Throughout the last year, the men and women of the Nevada National Guard have stepped up as the heroes we needed during the COVID-19 crisis. To date, the COVID-19 pandemic is the largest and lengthiest state activation in the Nevada National Guard’s 160-year history,” said Sisolak. “This sales tax holiday is one way we can show our deep gratitude and appreciation for all the Nevada Guard does for the Silver State, home and abroad.”
Since the start of the pandemic, more than 1,400 Guard members have worked alongside state and public health officials providing logistics support for COVID-19 testing and vaccination sites, food distribution and contact tracing. It has been the largest and lengthiest activation in the Nevada National Guard’s history.