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State Rundown 11/30: Hitting the Road... or at Least Determining How to Fund It

November 30, 2016 03:39 PM By Meg Wiehe, Deputy Director at ITEP | Permalink | This week we are bringing you news about transportation and infrastructure funding in Indiana, California, and South Carolina, next steps for New York's millionaire's tax, moves toward comprehensive tax expenditure review in Ohio, continuation of the income tax reciprocity agreement[…]

State Tax Breaks for the Elderly Primarily Benefit Wealthier Citizens and Drain State Coffers

November 30, 2016 03:30 PM By Aidan Russell Davis, Senior Analyst at ITEP | Permalink | Poverty among the elderly rapidly declined during the last century in part because of the Social Security program, which is credited today with keeping up to 22 million people out of poverty. No one wants to work a lifetime[…]

Beyond the PR Spin: Carrier Corp. Holds American Jobs Hostage for Tax Breaks

November 30, 2016 01:03 PM By Matt Gardner, Senior Fellow at ITEP | Permalink | “If doling out tax incentives is a shopworn strategy, giving these tax breaks to bad actors such as United Technologies should be seen as an outright capitulation by the incoming Trump administration, rather than as a savvy deal.”The Carrier Corporation[…]

Privatization in Trump Infrastructure Plan is Not a Real Solution

November 30, 2016 12:39 PM By Carl Davis, Research Director at ITEP | Permalink | President-elect Donald Trump has placed a heavy emphasis on the need to rebuild the nation’s infrastructure, a plan that conceivably could secure bipartisan support with the right approach.However, as outlined in a new ITEP issue brief, paying for infrastructure investments[…]

Examining the Three Key Unanswered Questions for Tax Reform in 2017

November 30, 2016 11:58 AM By Richard Phillips, Senior Policy Analyst at ITEP | Permalink | After years of false starts, the passage of a major tax legislation package next year is looking increasingly likely given the election of Donald Trump and unified Republican control of Congress. While lawmakers and commentators agree that something called[…]

A Few Things to Consider Before Giving Away the Store to Carrier Corp

November 28, 2016 01:24 PM By Matt Gardner, Senior Fellow at ITEP | Permalink | Last summer, Indiana-based Carrier Corp. incurred bipartisan wrath after announcing it would move 2,100 jobs to Mexico in 2017. Now, the Wall Street Journal reports that representatives of President-elect Trump’s incoming administration are engaging in “wide-ranging policy talks” with executives[…]

Taxing the $2.5 Trillion in Offshore Profits: What's Ahead for Repatriation?

November 28, 2016 11:44 AM By Richard Phillips, Senior Policy Analyst at ITEP | Permalink | With a Trump administration and Republican-controlled Congress that have similarly-aligned goals for tax reform, the likelihood of a tax reform package being enacted in 2017 is higher than it has been in years. A key component of these discussions[…]

The Road Ahead for State Tax Policy

November 18, 2016 11:50 AM By Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy Staff | Permalink | Tax policy figured prominently during the national election and likely will be high on the agenda of President-elect Donald Trump and Congress.  And while state and local elections didn’t receive as much national media attention as the presidential race,[…]

At Amazon.com, Sales Tax Evasion is No Longer an Option for Most Shoppers

November 18, 2016 08:03 AM By Carl Davis, Research Director at ITEP | Permalink | UPDATE: A new post on this topic is available here.This holiday season, the media will cover throes of consumers who will wait in line for door-buster specials, but a large and growing number of shoppers will opt to avoid the[…]

State Rundown 11/16: Art Laffer is Back; Progressive Tax Changes Headed to Montana? More Revenue Problems Emerging

November 16, 2016 02:35 PM By Meg Wiehe, Deputy Director at ITEP | Permalink | This week we are bringing you news about the unfortunate similarities between the failed tax cut experiment in Kansas and the president-elect’s tax proposal, the potential for another Laffer-led tax overhaul (this time in Kentucky), a promising progressive tax proposal[…]

Chicago, Bay Area, and Boulder Adopt Soda Taxes

November 16, 2016 12:45 PM By Misha Hill, State Policy Fellow at ITEP | Permalink | Ballot measures to levy a tax on sugar-sweetened beverages passed in three Bay Area, Calif., cities – Albany, Oakland and San Francisco – and Boulder, Colo., on Election Day. And just two days after, the Cook County (Illinois) Board[…]

What a Trump Administration and Republican Congress Will Likely Mean for Tax Policy

November 16, 2016 11:09 AM By Richard Phillips, Senior Policy Analyst at ITEP | Permalink | The chances of a major tax cut package passing next year just got a lot larger. For the first time in years there will be unified Republican control of both chambers of Congress and the White House. Unified party[…]

A Revenues and Referenda Recap: Tax Questions Facing Voters in Many States on Tuesday

November 3, 2016 04:22 PM By Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy Staff | Permalink | Over the past few weeks we’ve written about a number of tax-related questions that voters will see on their ballots next week.On income taxes, California voters will decide whether to continue the state’s progressive income tax rates on high[…]

Tax Justice Digest: Apple's Tax Shenanigans, Gas Tax, and Ballot Measures to Increase Taxes

November 3, 2016 02:10 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.Same Tax Shenanigans, Different[…]

Missouri Commission Eyes Reforms to the State Tax Code

November 3, 2016 11:57 AM By Dylan Grundman, Senior Analyst at ITEP | Permalink | Missouri’s tax code is in some ways stuck in the past, with income tax brackets that have not been adjusted for inflation since they were created in 1931, a corporate tax code that has not yet adapted to the multi-state[…]

On Revenues and Referenda: Important Tax Questions on Local Ballots, Too

November 2, 2016 04:29 PM By Dylan Grundman, Senior Analyst at ITEP | Permalink | Our “Revenues and Referenda” has so far focused on key state-level tax-related questions facing voters on Election Day. But many cities, counties, and school districts are posing questions to their residents Tuesday as well. Below we highlight some trends across[…]

State Rundown 11/2: State Revenue Shortfalls Keep on Growing and Growing

November 2, 2016 01:59 PM By Meg Wiehe, Deputy Director at ITEP | Permalink | This week we are bringing you news on Alabama joining the rank of states requiring Amazon.com to collect and remit sales taxes, and another round of sobering revenue shortfall updates in states including Nebraska, Maryland, Kansas and Louisiana. Thanks for[…]

Like the iPhone 7, Apple's Tax Avoidance Scheme Remained About the Same in 2016 as Well

November 1, 2016 05:10 PM By Matt Gardner, Senior Fellow at ITEP | Permalink | The annual financial report that Apple released last week indicated two things: One, the company continues funneling money offshore to avoid U.S. taxes on a scale unmatched by any other U.S. company; and two, in spite of the European Commission’s[…]

On Revenues and Referenda: Will Maine Voters Increase Taxes on the Wealthy to Support Public Education?

November 1, 2016 02:18 PM By Meg Wiehe, Deputy Director at ITEP | Permalink | Maine voters will decide the fate of Question 2 next week, a ballot measure that increases taxes on the state’s wealthiest households and provides additional revenue for K-12 education.  If approved, a 3 percent tax surcharge would apply to taxable[…]

Looking Back at Four Years of Gas Tax Reforms

October 31, 2016 05:29 PM By Carl Davis, Research Director at ITEP | Permalink | While New Jersey is getting plenty of attention this week for increasing its gas tax for the first time in decades, it’s worth remembering that the Garden State is not alone in boosting its gas tax to fund infrastructure improvements.[…]

On Revenue and Referenda: Soda Taxes

October 28, 2016 04:04 PM By Misha Hill, State Policy Fellow at ITEP | Permalink | Voters in Albany, Oakland and San Francisco, Calif., as well as Boulder, Colo., will soon decide whether their cities should tax soda and other sugar-sweetened beverages. Proponents of sugar taxes are touting these ballot measures as public health initiatives[…]

Tax Justice Digest: Corporate Lobbying Is the Gift That Keeps Giving and State Revenue Challenges

October 27, 2016 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.Companies Avoiding Billions in[…]

On Revenues and Referenda: Colorado Voters to Decide on Universal Healthcare

October 27, 2016 01:43 PM By Misha Hill, State Policy Fellow at ITEP | Permalink | On Election Day, Colorado voters will decide whether to implement the nation’s first universal healthcare plan. Amendment 69 would establish ColoradoCare, a healthcare financing system that would provide medical coverage to all Colorado citizens without copays, coinsurance, or deductibles.[…]

Giving the Gas Tax a New Look in Louisiana

October 27, 2016 12:36 PM By Carl Davis, Research Director at ITEP | Permalink | It may sound strange, but there are very few tax policy issues that generate support among lawmakers quite like a gas tax hike—at least at the state level.  While the federal government may not be interested in raising its gas[…]

On Revenues and Referenda: Marijuana Legalization and Taxation Initiatives

October 26, 2016 04:26 PM By Richard Phillips, Senior Policy Analyst at ITEP | Permalink | Voters in Arizona, California, Maine, Massachusetts, and Nevada will vote this November on ballot initiatives that, if passed, will legalize and tax marijuana purchased for recreational use.These states are on the path of Alaska, Colorado, Oregon, and Washington, which[…]