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Business Tax Collections Within Historical Norm After Accounting for Pass-through Business Taxes

A common argument for raising the corporate income tax rate is that collections as a share of gross domestic product (GDP) fell after the rate was reduced to 21 percent as part of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) in 2017. But that argument is incomplete, as the U.S. also has a large pass-through […]

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How High Are State and Local Tax Collections in Your State?

Although Tax Day has been pushed back this year, mid-April is still a good occasion to take a look at tax collections in the United States. Because differing state populations can make overall comparisons difficult, today’s state tax map shows state and local tax collections per capita in each of the 50 states and the […]

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Testimony: Convenience Rules and Remote Work in Arkansas

The following is written testimony on Arkansas Senate Bill 484, submitted to the Arkansas Senate Committee on Revenue and Taxation. Chair Sample, Vice-Chair Dismang, and Members of the Committee: I regret that it is not possible to appear before you today as you consider Senate Bill 484, but in lieu of that, as you consider […]

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Four Issues with Proposal to Increase Tobacco and Vapor Taxes in Maine

During the legislature’s special session in Maine, Rep. Joyce McCreight (D) has introduced a bill, H.P. 1039, which would double the excise tax on cigarettes to $4.00 a pack. By virtue of Maine law, all other tobacco products would also be subject to a 100 percent rate increase. This proposal has at least four major […]

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IMF Tax Proposals: Shrink Inequality or Sink Post-Pandemic Recovery?

Countries face twin economic challenges with the COVID-19 pandemic: maintain fiscal support to businesses that have been affected by the pandemic and prepare for an uneven and uncertain economic recovery, and work towards budgetary stability and reduce the risks associated with growing public debt. However, moving too fast towards budgetary stability either through tax hikes […]

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Portland Small Business Owners Facing Weirdly High New Taxes—and It Could Get Worse

Newly implemented county and regional taxes yield state and local top marginal tax rates in excess of 26 percent for many Portland small businesses, and if all of President Biden’s tax proposals were adopted, those owners could face all-in marginal rates of more than 80 percent, far and away the highest in the country going […]

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Arcane Federal Tax on Sports Betting Is Too Much to Handle

Have you ever wagered on sports or participated in daily fantasy sports? If you answer yes, you may have paid an obscure and little-known federal excise tax on sports betting. This month, Rep. Dina Titus (D-NV) and Rep. Guy Reschenthaler (R-PA) have reintroduced legislation, H.R. 2350, to repeal this tax. When the tax was introduced […]

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How High Are Vapor Taxes in Your State?

Several states are considering introducing or increasing taxes on vapor products to make up declining tax revenue from traditional tobacco products or to fill budget holes in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. However, lawmakers should approach the issue carefully because flawed excise tax design on vapor products could drive consumers back to more harmful […]

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14.8% Individual Income Tax and 16.1% Corporate Income Tax Coming To New York City?

Ten months into New York’s just-ended fiscal year (most recent data), state tax revenue was actually up year-over-year. By a miniscule amount—it’s probably best to see FY 2021 revenue as essentially flat—but up nonetheless, it’s a curious backdrop for a proposal to raise both individual and corporate income taxes. If a tentative budget agreement goes […]

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ARPA’s Tax Cuts Limitation Is a Problem for More States Than You Think

What do Alabama, Kansas, Nebraska, Rhode Island, and South Dakota have in common? They’re the only states that did not adopt or implement some sort of tax cut in 2019 or 2020, based on NCSL tables on new revenue negative tax provisions (43 states) and Tax Foundation research on the implementation of previously-adopted phased tax […]