State Tax

This week’s map shows the five states that have an Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT) in their individual income tax codes: California, Colorado, Connecticut, Iowa, and Minnesota. Under an individual AMT, many taxpayers are required to calculate their income tax liability under two different systems and pay the higher amount. The federal AMT was created in 1963, after Congress discovered
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September 26th, a Saturday, is an ominous day for New Jersey lawmakers hoping to generate billions of dollars in annual revenue from a financial transaction tax targeting New York-based stock exchanges that currently rely on electronic infrastructure located across the river in New Jersey. On that day, all the U.S.-based exchanges will simulate a day’s
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Today’s map zeroes in on states that have a “marriage penalty” in their individual income tax brackets. Under a graduated-rate income tax system, a taxpayer’s marginal income is exposed to progressively higher tax rates. A marriage penalty exists when a state’s income brackets for married taxpayers filing jointly are less than double the bracket widths that
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A House vote is expected this month on the Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement (MORE) Act, which would de-schedule marijuana, expunge prior convictions, impose a federal excise tax on marijuana sales, provide access to capital for small marijuana businesses, and allocate revenue to people impacted by prior drug enforcement policies. While it is unlikely to
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In addition to the federal estate tax, with a top rate of 40 percent, some states levy an additional estate or inheritance tax. Twelve states and the District of Columbia impose estate taxes and six impose inheritance taxes. Maryland is the only state to impose both now that New Jersey has repealed its inheritance tax. Hawaii and Washington
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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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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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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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Today’s map shows gasoline tax rates in each state as of July 2020, using recently released data from the American Petroleum Institute. States levy gas taxes in a variety of ways, including per-gallon excise taxes collected at the pump, excise taxes imposed on wholesalers, which are passed along to consumers in the form of higher prices, and
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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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