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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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More Countries Target the Property Tax

A recent report from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) on tax reforms during the past year reveals a tendency towards higher property taxes, often in the form of base broadening, tax rate increases, or both. Even though countries have increasingly targeted property taxes as a source of revenue, on average, they still […]

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How High Are Property Taxes in Your State?

Today’s map takes another look at property taxes, this time focusing on states’ effective tax rates on owner-occupied housing. This is the average amount of residential property taxes actually paid, expressed as a percentage of home value. Because property taxes are tied to housing values, it makes sense that the actual dollar amounts of property […]

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Where Do People Pay the Most in Property Taxes?

Property taxes are an important tool to help finance state and local governments. In fiscal year 2017, property taxes comprised 31.9 percent of total state and local tax collections in the United States, more than any other source of tax revenue. In that same year, property taxes accounted for a whopping 72 percent of local […]

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Nebraska’s Property Tax Compromise Provides Temporary Relief, but Structural Reform Is Still Needed

On the last day of Nebraska’s recently reconvened 2020 legislative session, legislators today granted final approval to LB1107, a bill to provide state income tax relief to help offset local property taxes paid, as well as to make adjustments to Nebraska’s business incentives program. This compromise is the result of many months of negotiations in […]

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Real Property Taxes in Europe

Early property taxes, which were first implemented in feudal times, were levied primarily against land. Hence, property tax was paid mostly by those that worked as farmers. In modern times, property tax is also levied against assets like real estate. The tax is paid on a recurrent basis on property owned by individuals or legal […]

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State Income and Sales Tax Revenues Slide in Second Quarter

Today marked the release of both second-quarter GDP and national accounts data and provides a new glimpse into early changes in state and local revenues and spending. All told, second-quarter (Q2) state and local tax receipts came in about 3.8 percent lower than they did in the same quarter a year ago. Income and sales […]

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What Can Connecticut Learn from its Neighbors About Property Tax Limitations?

Key Findings Connecticut’s property tax burdens are rising rapidly, with the state’s effective property tax rates on owner-occupied housing now among the highest in the country at 1.7 percent of housing value. Property tax burdens in Connecticut continue to increase even as property values decline, whereas other states—including neighboring Massachusetts and New York—have managed to […]