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Tax Justice Digest: Undocumented Immigrants Pay Taxes and Fact-Checking President Trump

March 2, 2017 01:29 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. Undocumented Immigrants’ Tax[…]

Undocumented Immigrants Pay Taxes

March 2, 2017 01:00 PM By Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy Staff | Permalink | A newly updated ITEP report released today provides data that helps dispute the erroneous idea espoused during President Trump’s address to Congress that undocumented immigrants aren’t paying their fair share. In fact, like all others living and working in[…]

State Rundown 3/1: Will Tax Cut Proposals Be "In Like a Lion, Out Like A Lamb"?

March 1, 2017 04:23 PM By Meg Wiehe, Deputy Director at ITEP | Permalink | Tax cuts have been proposed in many states already this year, but amid so much uncertainty, it remains to be seen how successful those efforts will be. This week saw one dangerous, largely regressive tax cut proposal move in Georgia,[…]

Fact-Checking Tax Policy Points in President Trump's Address to Congress

March 1, 2017 11:47 AM By Richard Phillips, Senior Policy Analyst at ITEP | Permalink | Despite some expectations that President Donald Trump would use his address to a joint session of Congress to lay out more details of his plan for tax legislation, the speech was extremely light on details. The few details mentioned[…]

What to Watch in the States: State-Federal Relationship Shifting

February 28, 2017 04:49 PM By Dylan Grundman, Senior Analyst at ITEP | Permalink | So far in this series on tax policy topics to watch in 2017, we’ve covered important state debates in areas such as attempts to weaken or eliminate progressive taxes and needed updates to gas taxes and sales taxes. As if[…]

Return of the Moderate: A Kansas Force Awakens

February 28, 2017 04:33 PM By Lisa Christensen Gee, Senior Analyst at ITEP | Permalink | Before the tea party wave of 2010 that brought Gov. Sam Brownback to power and inspired the disappointing “real life experiment” in tax policy, Kansas was primarily governed by a moderate bipartisan coalition. One thing the last few weeks[…]

States Should Require Combined Reporting of Corporate Income

February 27, 2017 12:52 PM By Dylan Grundman, Senior Analyst at ITEP | Permalink | An important aspect of a 21st century tax code is ensuring that corporate income taxes are easy for corporations to follow, but not easy for them to avoid. As our newly updated policy brief on Combined Reporting of State Corporate[…]

Tax Justice Digest: The Problems with a Border Adjustment Tax

February 24, 2017 03:15 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. Regressive and Loophole-Ridden:[…]

Why, West Virginia, Why?

February 24, 2017 02:39 PM By Aidan Russell Davis, Senior Analyst at ITEP | Permalink | A recently introduced Senate Bill in West Virginia (SB 335) would ultimately eliminate the state’s personal and corporate income taxes, do away with the sales and use tax, and reduce the state’s severance tax. Under the plan, the revenue[…]

State Rundown 2/23: Regressive Tax Proposals Multiplying

February 23, 2017 05:01 PM By Meg Wiehe, Deputy Director at ITEP | Permalink | This week saw a nearly successful attempt to right the fiscal ship in Kansas; regressive tax proposals introduced in West Virginia, Georgia, and Missouri; ongoing gas tax fights in Indiana, South Carolina, and Tennessee; and further tax and budget wrangling[…]

The Border Adjustment Tax Creates More Problems Than It Solves

February 22, 2017 03:59 PM By Richard Phillips, Senior Policy Analyst at ITEP | Permalink | In recent weeks, the Republican congressional leadership’s effort to introduce a comprehensive tax reform bill has increasingly faced opposition from major business groups and skeptical lawmakers from across the aisle. The primary source of dissent thus far is that[…]

State Rundown 2/15: Tax Overhauls Debated Around the Country

February 15, 2017 03:37 PM By Meg Wiehe, Deputy Director at ITEP | Permalink | This week we are following a number of significant proposals being debated or introduced including reinstating the income tax in Alaska and eliminating the tax in West Virginia, establishing a regressive tax-cut trigger in Nebraska, restructuring the Illinois sales tax,[…]

What to Watch in the States: Modernizing Sales Taxes for a 21st Century Economy

February 15, 2017 11:37 AM By Misha Hill, State Policy Fellow at ITEP | Permalink | This is the fourth installment of our six-part series on 2017 state tax trends. The introduction to this series is available here.State lawmakers often find themselves looking for ways to raise revenue to fund vital public services, fill budget gaps,[…]

'IMPROVE' Act Fails to Improve Tennessee's Regressive Tax Code

February 13, 2017 04:50 PM By Dylan Grundman, Senior Analyst at ITEP | Permalink | Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam’s proposal (dubbed the IMPROVE Act) to raise the state’s gas tax while cutting three other taxes would essentially be a tax cut for the state’s wealthiest residents and a tax increase for the lowest-income Tennesseans.While the[…]

Tax Justice Digest: What to watch in the states, debunking the supply-side myth

February 9, 2017 03:19 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. What to Watch[…]

State Rundown 2/8: Lessons of Kansas Tax-Cut Disaster Taking Hold in Kansas, Still Lost on Some in Other States

February 8, 2017 01:42 PM By Meg Wiehe, Deputy Director at ITEP | Permalink | This week we bring news of Kansas lawmakers attempting to fix ill-advised tax cuts that have wreaked havoc on the state's budget and schools, while their counterparts in Nebraska and Idaho debate bills that would create similar problems for their[…]

Lawmakers Should Not Use Disproven Trickle-Down Myth to Ramrod Tax Cuts for the Rich

February 8, 2017 09:22 AM By Misha Hill, State Policy Fellow at ITEP | Permalink | For more than four decades, supply-side ideologues have promoted the myth that tax cuts for the wealthy are self-financing and the benefits eventually trickle down to everyone else, despite real-life evidence that tax cuts for the rich benefit the[…]

Dodging Tough Fiscal Decisions with State Tax Cut Triggers and Phase-Ins

February 6, 2017 02:09 PM By Carl Davis, Research Director at ITEP | Permalink | The most challenging problem that tax-cutting state lawmakers face is dealing with the budgetary tradeoffs that tax cuts require. Should education spending be reduced? Should investments in infrastructure be halted? Should the state cut back on transfers to local governments[…]

What to Watch in the States: Further Attempts to Weaken or Eliminate Progressive Taxes

February 2, 2017 12:01 PM By Aidan Russell Davis, Senior Analyst at ITEP | Permalink | This is the third installment of our six-part series on 2017 state tax trends. The introduction to this series is available here.As we described last week, many states are gearing up for challenging budget debates this year. But the[…]

What to Watch in the States: Gas Tax Hikes and Swaps

February 2, 2017 08:00 AM By Carl Davis, Research Director at ITEP | Permalink | This is the second installment of our six part series on 2017 state tax trends. The introduction to this series is available here.State tax policy can be a divisive issue, but no area has generated more agreement among lawmakers across[…]

State Rundown 2/1: 2017 State Tax Debates Getting Real

February 1, 2017 03:52 PM By Meg Wiehe, Deputy Director at ITEP | Permalink | This week's Rundown brings news of tax cuts passed in Arkansas and advanced in Idaho, proposals to exempt feminine hygiene products from sales taxes in Nevada and Michigan, revenue shortfalls forcing tough choices in Louisiana and Maine, and more governors'[…]

And Then There Were Six: Amazon Expands Its Sales Tax Collection

January 30, 2017 11:54 AM By Carl Davis, Research Director at ITEP | Permalink | UPDATE: After this post was published, Amazon announced that it will begin collecting sales tax in Oklahoma on March 1. This post has been updated to reflect this development.The nation’s largest Internet retailer has made an about-face on its sales[…]

What to Watch in the States Series: Tax Policy 2017

January 27, 2017 02:54 PM By Lisa Christensen Gee, Senior Analyst at ITEP | Permalink | Over the next few weeks we will be blogging about what we’re watching in state tax policy during 2017 legislative sessions. In this “What to Watch in the States” series, we will look at the following:State responses to short-[…]

Tax Justice Digest: A Visual Tour of Who Pays, 2017 State Tax Trends

January 26, 2017 04:00 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! A Visual[…]

An Overview of State Tax Trends in 2017

January 26, 2017 10:48 AM By Meg Wiehe, Deputy Director at ITEP | Permalink | Since the 2007-2009 economic crisis, rising income inequality and the role our public policies play in aiding or easing this trend have been an ongoing part of the public discourse. In spite of what we know about the growing gap[…]