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April 22, 2009

California, Connecticut, Hawaii, Illinois, Minnesota, North Carolina, Tennessee, and Wisconsin are considering following New York's lead in adopting an "Amazon nexus" law that requires out-of-state businesses to collect taxes for the state if they have at least...

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April 22, 2009

Joe Wurzelbacher, anti-tax icon and sometime plumber, has been busy this year.  Pajamas Media sent him as a correspondent to report on the Gaza war, where he announced his belief that "media should be abolished from, you know, reporting."  On Capitol Hill, conservative staffers gathered to hear Joe's advice on the economic...

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April 22, 2009

The Heritage Foundation's Foundry blog has posted a helpful illustration of Obama's proposed $3.69 trillion budget and how his requested $100 million budget cut looks in relation to the rest of his spending initiatives.  Heritage quotes Harvard University economics professor Greg Mankiw:

"To put those numbers in perspective, imagine that the head of a household with...

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April 22, 2009

Tax Watch is the Tax Foundation's quarterly tax policy newsletter, presenting our economic research and analysis in a simple, non-technical format-ideal for the non-economist looking for a clear explanation of current tax issues.

Highlights from the Spring 2009 issue include:

  • Federal Tax Reform on the Way?
  • State Budget Shortfalls May Spark Tax Reform
  • America's Tax...
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April 22, 2009

It's Earth Day today, and Congress began hearings on a carbon cap-and-trade bill. It's still unclear how the Obama administration came to their revenue estimates from auctions of carbon allowances, and it's unclear what the revenue will be used for.

One thing is clear: any policy that aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, whether it's a cap-and-trade system or a carbon tax, will have real burdens on American households. We won't get into the arguments as to whether or not there...

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April 22, 2009

Missouri lawmakers are considering a drastic change to their tax system. A bill recently passed by the state’s House of Representatives would allow residents to vote on a Constitutional amendment that would eliminate corporate and individual income taxes in the state and replace them with a broad based sales tax. The plan is essentially a state version of the national...

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April 22, 2009

Forty-five states currently face budget shortfalls totaling approximately $132 billion through fiscal year 2010. As was pointed out by Director of State Projects, Joseph Henchman, these budget shortfalls have also created opportunities for tax reform in many states.

In this week's edition of the Tax Policy Podcast, Manager of State Relations Tonya Barr talks...

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April 20, 2009

Forty-two states and the District of Columbia currently run lotteries, with a forty-third to start soon  in Arkansas. Now it looks like the number might rise to forty-four within the next few years.

From Lottery Post:

The Nevada Assembly voted Wednesday for a lottery in the nation's No. 1 gambling state, despite arguments that it would compete with slot machines and other games...

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April 18, 2009

I'm just now getting caught up on e-mail, after a very busy month of tax law and state tax policy. Here are some interesting articles that all deserve their own blog post if only there was more time:

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April 17, 2009

The District of Columbia has retracted its statement that non-residents would receive lower emergency unemployment benefits than DC residents. We had blogged about the disparity here, but that passage has been removed from the web site of the DC Department of Employment Services, and an official there has confirmed by phone to an applicant that the offending passage resulted from a misinterpretation of unemployment insurance laws.

April 17, 2009

In Colorado cigarettes have been exempt from the state’s 2.9% general sales tax since the middle of the 20th century. Now the Denver Post reports that Democrats in the state’s legislature are pushing a plan to eliminate that sales tax exemption, which they say will raise $38...

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April 16, 2009

One of the Obama tax cuts for 2009 is to forgive income taxes on the first $2,400 of unemployment benefits. At the same time as that was enacted, Congress offered states a 100% federally funded extension of unemployment benefits: 13 weeks for states with unemployment rates above 6.5% and 20 weeks for states with unemployment rates over 8%. (The Bureau of Labor Statistics will update them tomorrow here, but for today,...

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April 16, 2009

The filing deadline for federal income taxes, as well as the Tax Day Tea Party protests, brought a new wave of media coverage for us. I appeared on CNN last night to talk about federal, state and local tax burdens; staff economist Josh Barro did a live segment yesterday morning on Fox Business News to compare tax situations in different states. While we don't yet have the video...

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April 16, 2009

Here's a great 4 minute video from the Cato Institute on the costs of increasing complexity in the tax code, featuring Director of Tax Policy Studies Chris Edwards, Senior Fellow Dan Mitchell and Director of Information Policy Studies Jim Harper.

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April 16, 2009

A little over a week ago, we featured a pretty awesone interactive infographic on Tax Freedom Day from Alex Lundry, Research Director at TargetPoint (a microtargeting/public opinion/market research firm based in Alexandria, VA).

Now Alex created two other interactive infographics...

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