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What If We Taxed Churches?

“If churches paid taxes,” runs a popular claim on social media (hashtag #taxthechurches), “everyone would only have to pay 3 percent taxes.” Other claims put the forgone tax revenue haul at $76 billion or $85 billion, oddly specific figures conspicuously lacking a meaningful citation. Whether spurred by a belief that government is improperly favoring religious […]

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Wisconsin’s Surplus Presents Opportunity for Down Payment on Future Economic Growth

As Wisconsin legislators work to finalize the state budget for the fiscal year (FY) 2022-23 biennium that begins July 1, the Wisconsin Legislative Fiscal Bureau (LFB) on Tuesday reported the state has substantially more revenue to work with than was anticipated when the LFB issued revenue projections earlier this year. Specifically, the LFB’s revised three-year […]

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How Much Does Your State Collect in Property Taxes Per Capita?

Property taxes are an important source of revenue for local and state governments. In fiscal year (FY) 2018 (the most recent year of data available), property taxes generated 31.1 percent of total U.S. state and local tax collections and 71.7 percent of local tax collections. Local governments rely heavily on property taxes to fund schools, roads, police departments, and […]

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These States Will Pay You to Move. Does That Strategy Make Sense?

This year, state relocation incentives are striking closer to home. Once the near-exclusive domain of economic development offices seeking to attract employers and business investment, the incentives battle has taken a personal turn, with cities and states increasingly offering incentives to individuals, not just companies, as the opportunity for many people to work remotely shakes […]

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Louisiana Aims at Comprehensive Tax Reform

Deliberations which began well before the beginning of Louisiana’s legislative session—which has the nation’s latest start date (April 12th)—have yielded a meaningful package of tax reform proposals. Legislators aim to lower the state’s individual and corporate income tax rates, begin phasing out the capital stock tax, and bring sales tax centralization across the finish line—all […]

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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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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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Reliance on Property Taxes in Europe

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Facts and Figures 2021: How Does Your State Compare?

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Testimony: Prioritizing Comprehensive Tax Modernization in Nebraska

My name is Katherine Loughead, and I am a Senior Policy Analyst with the Tax Foundation, a nonprofit, nonpartisan tax policy research organization based in Washington, D.C. We do not take a position on legislation, but I appreciate the chance to share some informational points with you today. First, I’d like to commend this committee […]