State Tax Successes in 2016 Thanks to You, Our Readers and Supporters!

November 8, 2016

2016 has been a busy year for state tax issues at the Tax Foundation. If you’ve been following our blog, you know that Joe, Nicole, Jared, Morgan, and I have been covering all the major state tax proposals considered this year, and that whenever possible, we get in planes, trains, and automobiles to bring our expertise directly to the states we are working in.

This year already, we’ve testified or presented to officials in 34 states and the District of Columbia, sometimes at just a moment’s notice. In many cases, this involvement has contributed to big wins for taxpayers. In Texas this year, a 25 percent reduction in the state’s Margin Tax took effect, a tax we’ve criticized since its inception. In Tennessee, legislators put the obscure “Hall” tax on a phaseout schedule. A handful of other states, like New York, Indiana, and North Carolina, continue to phase in positive reforms we weighed in on in previous years.

On state tax issues alone, we’ve published more than 40 research papers and books in 2016. These pieces vary from rundowns of basic taxpayer information that’s often hard to find elsewhere, like our income tax rates and brackets report, to our more in-depth pieces, like our latest book on Iowa’s tax system, which gives a 120+ page deep dive into Iowa’s tax system and includes comprehensive reform options for legislators to consider.

This work impacts so many lives, because taxes touch everyone.

"Giving Tuesday" is coming up, and if you are a regular blog reader or newsletter subscriber, I hope you’ll consider supporting the Tax Foundation. I’ve been a member of our monthly giving program, the Tax Foundation Loyalty Society, for some time, and I’ve found it’s an easy way to chip in a little bit each month to keep the sound tax policy train rolling.

Thank you for your support!

-Scott


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