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New York Governor Proposes THC-based Tax on Recreational Marijuana

In his fiscal year 2022 budget proposal unveiled this week, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo includes an excise tax on what could be legalized recreational marijuana. New York is looking to join neighboring New Jersey, where voters approved a ballot measure to legalize recreational marijuana last November. Gov. Cuomo expects the tax revenue to eventually […]

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Massachusetts Flavored Tobacco Ban Has Severe Impact on Tax Revenue

Since June 1, 2020, Massachusetts has banned the sale of flavored tobacco products, including menthol cigarettes. When signing the ban into law, Gov. Charlie Baker (R) argued that the ban, which is the broadest in the country, was enacted to limit youth uptake of nicotine products. While youth uptake is a very real concern which deserves the […]

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State Tax Changes Effective January 1, 2021

Table of Contents Key Findings Twenty-six states and the District of Columbia had notable tax changes take effect. Arkansas and Iowa reduced their corporate income tax rates and made other substantive changes to their corporate income tax base. Arizona and New Mexico increased their top marginal individual income tax rates by adding another bracket. Arkansas […]

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Sparkling Wine Taxes in Europe

This week, people around the world will celebrate New Year’s Eve, with many opening a bottle of sparkling wine to wish farewell to—a rather consequential—2020 and offer a warm welcome to the—by many of us, long-awaited—new year 2021. If you have ever wondered about the tax consequences of opening that bottle of sparkling wine—yes, there […]

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Tax Extenders Hitch a Ride on Omnibus and COVID-19 Relief Deal

Tax extenders are no stranger to hitching a last-minute ride on year-end legislation. This year they made another last-minute appearance, finding a hold in their own division of the 5,593-page bill to fund the government through the fiscal year and provide additional coronavirus relief through March. If you’ve followed the extenders debate, you know that […]

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Gross Receipt Taxes Become Part of New Jersey’s Recreational Marijuana Legalization

Thursday, the New Jersey Senate and Assembly passed bills (S21 and A21) legalizing recreational marijuana sales, as required since voters passed Question 1 on Election Day. Sales will begin after the Cannabis Regulatory Commission finalizes its rules and regulations. Sales of recreational marijuana in New Jersey will be taxed under the general state sales rate […]

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Taxes and New York’s Fiscal Crisis: Evaluating Revenue Proposals to Close the State’s Budget Gap

Executive Summary At first glance, New York faces projected budget shortfalls as arresting as the New York City skyline, and to meet the challenge, some have proposed taxes that would rival that skyline for staggering height. The challenge confronting policymakers is real, though perhaps not as dire as once feared. Its intensity depends on the […]

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Indiana Lawmakers Consider Cigarette Tax Increase

Cigarette smokers in Indiana may be asked to pay a 200 percent higher state excise tax on their cigarettes if lawmakers move ahead with a recent proposal from legislative leaders. The current state tax rate is 99.5 cents per pack but the proposal would increase this rate to $3 per pack. That rate does not […]

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New York Lawmaker Looks to Sin Taxes Once More

This month, New York Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal (D) introduced A11123 which, if enacted, would increase the excise tax on ”other tobacco products” (including cigars) from 75 percent to 129 percent of wholesale value and the excise tax on vapor products from 20 percent to 48 percent of retail value. Excise taxes on tobacco products are […]

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Cigarette Taxes and Cigarette Smuggling by State, 2018

Key Findings: Excessive tax rates on cigarettes in some states induce substantial black and gray market movement of tobacco products into high-tax states from low-tax states or foreign sources. New York has the highest inbound smuggling activity, with an estimated 53.2 percent of cigarettes consumed in the state deriving from smuggled sources in 2018. New […]