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State Rundown 4/19: Alaska's Long Income Tax Freeze May Be Thawing

April 19, 2017 04:06 PM By Meg Wiehe, Deputy Director at ITEP | Permalink | This week Alaska's House advanced a historic bill to reinstate an income tax in the state, Oklahoma's House voted to cancel a misguided tax cut "trigger," West Virginia's governor colorfully vetoed his state's budget, tax reform debate kicked off in Louisiana,[…]

Tax Justice Digest: Resources for Tax Day 2017

April 14, 2017 10:00 AM By Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy Staff | Permalink | In the Tax Justice Digest we recap the latest reports, blog posts, and analyses from Citizens for Tax Justice and the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy. Here’s a rundown of what we’ve been working on lately. Every year around[…]

State Rundown 4/12: Season in Transition as Some States Close, Others Open Tax Debates

April 12, 2017 03:35 PM By Meg Wiehe, Deputy Director at ITEP | Permalink | This week in state tax news we see Louisiana's session getting started, budgets passed in New York and West Virginia, Kansas lawmakers taking a rest after defeating a harmful flat tax proposal, and Nebraska legislators preparing for full debate on[…]

How to Shut Down Offshore Corporate Tax Avoidance, Full Stop

April 7, 2017 12:02 PM By Richard Phillips, Senior Policy Analyst at ITEP | Permalink | A new bill introduced this week by Rep. Mark Pocan (D-WI), the Tax Fairness and Transparency Act, would rip out the offshore corporate tax avoidance system by its roots. This legislation combines into a single, comprehensive bill elements of[…]

Two New Bills Would Plug Major Loopholes in Our Offshore Corporate Tax System

April 6, 2017 01:09 PM By Richard Phillips, Senior Policy Analyst at ITEP | Permalink | A new pair of bills introduced by Representative Lloyd Doggett (D-TX) this week would crack down on loopholes that allow corporations and individuals to avoid paying their fair share in taxes.Rep. Doggett’s Stop Tax Haven Abuse Act, which was[…]

State Rundown 4/5: Focus on Major Tax Bills Intensifies

April 5, 2017 02:08 PM By Meg Wiehe, Deputy Director at ITEP | Permalink | This week in state tax news we saw a destructive tax cut effort defeated in Georgia, a state shutdown avoided in New York, and lawmakers hone in on major tax debates in Massachusetts, Nebraska, South Carolina, and West Virginia. State[…]

Tax Justice Digest: Offshore Cash, Gas Tax and BAT

March 31, 2017 03:38 PM By Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy Staff | Permalink | In the Tax Justice Digest we recap the latest reports, blog posts, and analyses from Citizens for Tax Justice and the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy. Here’s a rundown of what we’ve been working on lately. Corporations Offshore Cash[…]

All Is Peachy in Georgia, for Now

March 31, 2017 12:53 PM By Dylan Grundman, Senior Analyst at ITEP | Permalink | Georgia lawmakers ended their legislative session Thursday by enacting a few tax credits and smartly choosing not to pass a major income tax cut that had been working its way through the legislature. Policymakers in other states should take note[…]

A Comparative Analysis: Tax Rates Paid by Companies for and Against the Border Adjustment Tax

March 30, 2017 04:07 PM By Richard Phillips, Senior Policy Analyst at ITEP | Permalink | It’s often noted that corporate tax reform is difficult, in part, because it creates so many winners and losers. As Congress turns its attention to federal corporate tax reform, the House GOP’s proposed border adjustment tax, which is intended[…]

State Rundown 3/29: More States Looking to Raise or Protect Revenues Amid Fiscal and Federal Uncertainty

March 29, 2017 03:25 PM By Meg Wiehe, Deputy Director at ITEP | Permalink | This week we see West Virginia, Georgia, Minnesota, and Nebraska continue to deliberate regressive tax cut proposals, as the District of Columbia considers cancelling tax cut triggers it put in place in prior years, and lawmakers in Hawaii, Washington, Kansas,[…]

The April Fool's Joke Is on Consumers: April 1 Marks Record-Breaking Procrastination on Federal Gas Tax Policy

March 29, 2017 11:28 AM By Carl Davis, Research Director at ITEP | Permalink | It's only appropriate that April 1 will mark a new milestone in foolish federal transportation infrastructure policy. On Saturday, the nation’s federal gasoline tax rate will have been stuck at 18.3 cents per gallon for 8,584 days in a row—or[…]

Seeking the Right Balance in Alaska

March 29, 2017 10:05 AM By Carl Davis, Research Director at ITEP | Permalink | It’s been a little over a year since Alaska Gov. Bill Walker proposed implementing a state personal income tax for the first time in 35 years, and the idea is now receiving close attention in the Alaska House of Representatives. Alaska[…]

The $767 Billion Money Pot Driving Tax Reform

March 28, 2017 05:54 PM By Richard Phillips, Senior Policy Analyst at ITEP | Permalink | With the failure of legislation to repeal the Affordable Care Act, the Trump administration and Republicans lawmakers are moving on to corporate tax reform. At the heart of this debate is the problem of corporations shifting their profits to[…]

What to Watch in the States: State Earned Income Tax Credits (EITC) on the Move

March 24, 2017 02:36 PM By Misha Hill, State Policy Fellow at ITEP | Permalink | While every state’s tax system is regressive, meaning lower income people pay a higher tax rate than the rich, some states aim to improve tax fairness through a state Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). Federal lawmakers established the in[…]

Tax Justice Digest: 50-State Analysis of GOP Health Care Plan, Ensuring State Sales Taxes Keep Pace with Our Changing Economy

March 23, 2017 04:34 PM By Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy Staff | Permalink | In the Tax Justice Digest we recap the latest reports, blog posts, and analyses from Citizens for Tax Justice and the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy. Here’s a rundown of what we’ve been working on lately. State-by-State Analysis of[…]

Taxing the Gig Economy

March 23, 2017 12:47 PM By Carl Davis, Research Director at ITEP | Permalink | Our ever-changing economy demands that lawmakers update our tax laws to keep pace.Take, for example, the growth of online sales. As recently as six years ago, Amazon, the nation’s biggest online retailer, only collected sales tax on consumer purchases in[…]

State Rundown 3/22: Springtime Tax Debates Blossom Nationwide

March 22, 2017 02:42 PM By Meg Wiehe, Deputy Director at ITEP | Permalink | This week in state tax news saw major changes debated in Hawaii and West Virginia and proposed in North Carolina, a harmful flat tax proposal in Georgia, new ideas for ignoring revenue shortfalls in Mississippi and Nebraska, an unexpected corporate[…]

GOP Healthcare Bill Cuts Insurance Coverage for Millions to Pay for Tax Cuts for the Wealthy; ITEP State-By-State Estimates

March 22, 2017 11:51 AM By Richard Phillips, Senior Policy Analyst at ITEP | Permalink | The House GOP’s American Health Care Act is being pushed quickly through the legislative process, with a vote on the House floor scheduled for as early as Thursday. The Republican legislation seeks to pay for the cost of repealing[…]

Amazon Will Collect Every State Sales Tax by April 1

March 21, 2017 12:38 PM By Carl Davis, Research Director at ITEP | Permalink | For decades, Amazon.com helped its customers dodge the sales taxes they owed to gain an advantage over its competitors. But as the company’s business strategy has changed, so has its tax collection. As recently as 2011, the nation’s largest e-retailer[…]

State Rundown 3/15: Responses to Revenue Shortfalls Vary Widely

March 15, 2017 02:18 PM By Meg Wiehe, Deputy Director at ITEP | Permalink | State tax debates have been very active this week. Efforts to eliminate the income tax continue in West Virginia. Policymakers in many states are responding to revenue shortfalls in very different ways: some in Iowa, Mississippi, and Nebraska seek to[…]

Tax Justice Digest: New Eight-Year Data Reveals Corporations Aren't Paying Their Fair Share

March 9, 2017 04:36 PM By Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy Staff | Permalink | In the Tax Justice Digest we recap the latest reports, blog posts, and analyses from Citizens for Tax Justice and the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy. Here’s a rundown of what we’ve been working on lately. New Study Explores[…]

Debunking the 35 Percent Corporate Tax Myth

March 9, 2017 03:54 PM By Richard Phillips, Senior Policy Analyst at ITEP | Permalink | For years, the number one tax policy talking point from corporate lobbyists has been the claim that the United States has the highest corporate tax rate in the world. The story then goes that this high tax rate is[…]

A Tax Perspective on International Women's Day

March 8, 2017 05:17 PM By Misha Hill, State Policy Fellow at ITEP | Permalink | Thursday, March 8 is International Women's Day. The day draws attention to the progress that has been made and the work that still needs to be done in advancing gender equality. Many campaigns on issues like equal pay or[…]

State Rundown 3/8: Much Ado About Consumption Taxes

March 8, 2017 04:31 PM By Meg Wiehe, Deputy Director at ITEP | Permalink | This week brings more news of states considering reforms to their consumption taxes, on everything from gasoline in South Carolina and Tennessee, to marijuana in Pennsylvania, to groceries in Idaho and Utah, and to practically everything in West Virginia. Meanwhile,[…]

GOP Obamacare Repeal Would Slash Taxes on the Wealthy At the Expense of Middle- and Low-Income Families

March 7, 2017 04:24 PM By Richard Phillips, Senior Policy Analyst at ITEP | Permalink | On Monday, House Republicans released legislation that would repeal or modify many of the most significant portions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). A central theme of the GOP plan is that it would significantly cut funding for low-[…]