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Spain’s Recovery Budget Comes with Tax Hikes

Spanish taxpayers are facing several tax hikes in addition to the two major taxes—a financial transactions tax (FTT) and a digital services tax (DST)—approved by Spain’s upper house less than two weeks ago. The coalition government this week presented the 2021 budget which includes a 53 percent increase in non-financial public spending from last year, […]

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State and Local Tax Ballot Measures to Watch on Election Day 2020

Featured Ballot Measures Arizona Proposition 207 Arizona Proposition 207 would legalize recreational marijuana and tax retail sales at 16 percent of retail price. Arizona forecasts roughly $166 million in excise tax revenue when the market has matured, and this revenue would be allocated to community colleges, police departments, fire departments, transportation funding, and a new Justice […]

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New Census Data Shows States Beat Revenue Expectations in FY 2020

Key Findings State tax collections declined 5.5 percent in FY 2020 according to new Census data, though actual losses are likely to be significantly lower after accounting for the shifting of income tax collections into the current fiscal year due to delayed tax filing deadlines. After a sharp initial drop under stay-at-home orders, sales tax […]

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Who Will Pay for the Roads?

Key Findings The future of funding for America’s highways has been the topic of much political discussion for decades. While many states have increased motor fuel tax rates over the last decade, the federal government has not updated the gas tax since 1993. The motor fuel tax is a relatively well-designed tax which acts as […]

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Higher Taxes Might Not Be the Solution for Canada and its Provinces

As Canadian provinces increased their spending due to Covid-19 measures ranging from 0.2 percent of GDP in New Brunswick up to 6.5 percent of GDP in Quebec, their budget deficits ballooned. The economic and health crisis comes at a difficult moment for Canadian provinces as their pre-pandemic budgets were already running deficits. In early February, […]

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Gas Taxes in Europe

To facilitate and foster cross-border trade and to prevent significant competitive distortions, the European Union requires EU countries to levy a minimum excise duty of €0.36 per liter (US $1.53 per gallon) on gas. As today’s map shows, only Bulgaria sticks to the minimum rate, while all other EU countries opt to levy higher excise […]