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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 […]

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Join Us for a Free “State Tax Policy Boot Camp”

We’re about to launch a free six-week course in state taxation, and we’d like you to join us. This coming Tuesday, February 16th, the Tax Foundation will kick off its “State Tax Policy Boot Camp,” designed with lawmakers and legislative staff in mind, but ideal for anyone interested in gaining a better understanding of state […]

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Sources of Government Revenue in the OECD

Table of Contents Key Findings In 2019, OECD countries raised on average one-third of their tax revenue through consumption taxes such as the Value-added Tax (VAT), making consumption taxes the most important revenue source. Social insurance taxes and individual income taxes were the second and third most important sources of tax revenue in the OECD, […]

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To What Extent Does Your State Rely on Property Taxes?

Property taxes represent a major source of revenue for states and the largest source of tax revenue for localities. In fiscal year 2018, the most recent data available, property taxes were such a significant source of local revenue that they accounted for 71.7 percent of local tax collections nationwide and 31.1 percent of total U.S. […]

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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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Wealth Taxes in Europe

Net wealth taxes are recurrent taxes on an individual’s wealth, net of debt. The concept of a net wealth tax is similar to a real property tax. But instead of only taxing real estate, it covers all wealth an individual owns. As today’s map shows, only three European countries covered levy a net wealth tax, […]

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Ranking Property Taxes on the 2021 State Business Tax Climate Index

Today’s map shows states’ rankings on the property tax component of our 2021 State Business Tax Climate Index. The Index’s property tax component evaluates state and local taxes on real and personal property, net worth, and asset transfers. The property tax component accounts for 14.8 percent of each state’s overall Index score. Property taxes matter to businesses for several reasons. First, businesses […]

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OECD Report: Tax Revenue in African Countries

The Organisation for Co-operation and Economic Development (OECD) has compiled tax revenue data for countries around the world—including 30 African countries, where tax revenue as a percent of GDP is on average lower than in other regions. On average, this tax-to-GDP ratio for those 30 countries was 16.5 percent, compared to the OECD average of 34.3 percent and […]

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Comparing Europe’s Tax Systems: Property Taxes

Today’s map shows how European OECD countries rank on property taxes, continuing our series on the component rankings of our 2020 International Tax Competitiveness Index (ITCI). Although an important element when measuring the neutrality and competitiveness of a country’s tax code, property taxes account on average for less than 5 percent of total tax revenue […]