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Zoom Calls Not a Taxing Matter

Last week, Zoom Video Communications announced that, come November, the company will start collecting and remitting local utility and communications taxes in California, New York, Maryland, and Virginia. The specific taxes and their rates vary depending on the state and locality in which the user is located. As an example, in California, the company will […]

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The State Business Tax Climate Index Is Your Guide to Economic “Wins Above Replacement”

Earlier this week we published our annual State Business Tax Climate Index, which measures tax structure. It’s an extremely valuable diagnostic tool, enabling readers to compare states’ tax structures across more than 120 variables. Unlike most studies of state taxes, it is focused on the how more than the how much, in recognition of the […]

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How Many Sales Tax Jurisdictions Does Your State Have?

Online shopping is nothing new in our increasingly digital world, but 2020’s extended lockdowns due to the coronavirus pandemic have made it even more popular. You can order groceries, get a hot meal delivered, or even buy a kite for socially-distanced fun, all without leaving your couch. The system is simple and streamlined—at least for […]

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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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Voters in Four States to Vote on Recreational Marijuana

Legalizing recreational marijuana is a hot topic in many states where the state budgets are in disarray because of the coronavirus pandemic and new revenue sources are being sought. Combined with a desire to decriminalize marijuana, the zeitgeist is ideal for legalization. This Election Day, voters in Arizona, Montana, New Jersey, and South Dakota will consider legalization and […]

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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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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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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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State Forecasts Indicate $121 Billion 2-Year Tax Revenue Losses Compared to FY 2019

Key Findings Extrapolating from recently revised state revenue forecasts yields an estimated nationwide $121 billion decline in state tax collections across FYs 2020 and 2021 against a FY 2019 baseline, and $191 billion compared to initial tax revenue projections for those two years. These estimates are consistent with the results of other recent analyses, and, […]

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State and Local Sales Tax Rates, Midyear 2020

Key Findings Forty-five states and the District of Columbia collect statewide sales taxes. Local sales taxes are collected in 38 states. In some cases, they can rival or even exceed state rates. The five states with the highest average combined state and local sales tax rates are Tennessee (9.55 percent), Arkansas (9.53 percent), Louisiana (9.52 […]