GovBeat: taxes


Posted at 11:52 AM ET, 04/15/2014

Map: The high state-by-state price of picking up the tab for tax avoidance

In some states, tax filers would each have to pay more than $2,500 extra.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  11:52 AM ET, 04/15/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:15 PM ET, 03/12/2014

Personal dividend taxes are highest in blue states

California has the top marginal tax rate on personal dividends income.

By Reid Wilson  |  12:15 PM ET, 03/12/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  newsletter, States, taxes

Posted at 02:00 PM ET, 02/28/2014

Indiana wants to give an Olympic champion a tax break

Slopestyle bronze medalist Nick Goepper’s tax bill depends on a conference committee.

By Reid Wilson  |  02:00 PM ET, 02/28/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  indiana, newsletter, taxes

Posted at 11:00 AM ET, 01/31/2014

How states can reclaim $1 billion from offshore tax havens

A policy in place in Montana recovered $7.2 million from offshore havens in 2010 alone.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  11:00 AM ET, 01/31/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  corporations, States, tax, taxes

Posted at 11:00 AM ET, 01/27/2014

Seahawks, Broncos will pay New Jersey taxes

The “jock tax” means Peyton Manning will owe New Jersey about $57,000 next year.

By Reid Wilson  |  11:00 AM ET, 01/27/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  New Jersey, newsletter, States, taxes

Posted at 12:00 PM ET, 01/13/2014

Iowa Session Preview: Looking to November

A raft of top-tier races this November has legislators wary of taking up an ambitious agenda.

By Reid Wilson  |  12:00 PM ET, 01/13/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  budget, campaigns, elections, Iowa, session preview, taxes

Posted at 08:19 AM ET, 01/13/2014

Washington Session Preview: It’s Rodney Tom’s world

Two Democrats who caucus with Republicans will drive the agenda -- for the moment.

By Reid Wilson  |  08:19 AM ET, 01/13/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  budget, pensions, session preview, States, taxes, washington

Posted at 01:04 PM ET, 01/10/2014

Kentucky session preview: Rolling the dice

Casino gambling could be the answer to Kentucky’s budget woes.

By Reid Wilson  |  01:04 PM ET, 01/10/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  budget, casinos, gambling, Kentucky, session preview, States, taxes

Posted at 01:30 PM ET, 01/09/2014

Rhode Island Session Preview: A tough ‘hangover’ awaits lawmakers

Ocean State voters may remember some of this year’s fights from 2013.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  01:30 PM ET, 01/09/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  budget, income inequality, pension, pension reform, pensions, Poverty, Rhode Island, session preview, tax, tax reform, taxes

Posted at 02:58 PM ET, 01/07/2014

Session Preview: Ohio could tackle economic, gun and election policies

Ohio’s legislature has a lot on its plate this year.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  02:58 PM ET, 01/07/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  budget, Campaigns and Elections, election, election law, election reform, elections, Gun, gun rights, income tax, Ohio, session preview, tax, taxes

Posted at 12:30 PM ET, 01/07/2014

Session Preview: Missouri debates how much, not whether, to cut taxes

After failing to override a veto last year, Republicans are scaling back tax cut plans.

By Reid Wilson  |  12:30 PM ET, 01/07/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  affordable care act, medicaid expansion, Missouri, obamacare, session preview, tax cuts, taxes

Posted at 10:00 AM ET, 01/07/2014

Session Preview: Nebraska governor’s last lap

Dueling tax reform proposals will dominate Gov. Dave Heineman’s final legislative session.

By Reid Wilson  |  10:00 AM ET, 01/07/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  affordable care act, budget, health care, medicaid, Nebraska, obamacare, prisons, session preview, States, taxes

Posted at 08:30 AM ET, 01/07/2014

Session preview: Delayed by cold, Indiana has gay marriage and taxes on tap

When the session does begin, one of the biggest headlines will be over whether lawmakers approve a constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  08:30 AM ET, 01/07/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  indiana, legislature, medicaid, medicaid expansion, same sex marriage, same-sex, session preview, tax, tax cuts, taxes

Posted at 09:07 AM ET, 12/18/2013

Wisconsin’s Walker thinking about ending income tax

The Wisconsin governor may be building a platform for a 2016 presidential bid.

By Reid Wilson  |  09:07 AM ET, 12/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  budget, republicans, taxes, white house 2016, wisconsin

Posted at 03:43 PM ET, 12/09/2013

Expiring sales tax deductions could cost taxpayers big in these states

By Reid Wilson  |  03:43 PM ET, 12/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress, Florida, IRS, Nevada, sales tax, South Dakota, taxes, Tennessee, washington, wyoming

Posted at 12:31 PM ET, 12/09/2013

Half the nation’s counties sell property tax bills to debt collectors

By Niraj Chokshi  |  12:31 PM ET, 12/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  debt collectors, Florida, housing, liens, New Jersey, newsletter, property taxes

Posted at 11:47 AM ET, 12/06/2013

Alaska revenue to fall $2 billion after oil tax cuts take effect

Rolling back Sarah Palin’s tax hikes will cost Alaska big bucks.

By Reid Wilson  |  11:47 AM ET, 12/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Alaska, gas, newsletter, oil, Revenue, States, taxes

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 12/03/2013

In final year, Nebraska governor will push income tax cut

By Reid Wilson  |  06:00 AM ET, 12/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Nebraska, newsletter, States, taxes

Posted at 08:34 AM ET, 11/26/2013

States vie for Boeing jobs, after Machinists vote down contract extension

The Machinists union rejected a contract. Now Boeing is looking to move thousands of jobs elsewhere.

By Reid Wilson  |  08:34 AM ET, 11/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  California, economy, newsletter, South Carolina, States, taxes, unions, Utah, washington

Posted at 10:00 AM ET, 11/20/2013

The 18 states that cut taxes in 2013

States cut income taxes, corporate taxes, property taxes and even the Alternative Minimum Tax.

By Reid Wilson  |  10:00 AM ET, 11/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:38 PM ET, 11/18/2013

People in the Northeast and Midwest (and Texas) pay the highest property taxes

Depending on which county you live in, property taxes can amount to anywhere from 0.2 percent to 3.1 percent of a home’s value.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  02:38 PM ET, 11/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, housing, Illinois, Louisiana, Michigan, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Dakota, taxes, texas, VERMONT, wisconsin

Posted at 03:24 PM ET, 11/15/2013

Missouri governor allows same-sex couples to file joint tax returns

Gov. Jay Nixon signed an executive order Thursday to allow same-sex married couples to file joint tax returns.

By Reid Wilson  |  03:24 PM ET, 11/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  gay marriage, gay rights, Missouri, same sex marriage, States, taxes

Posted at 02:03 PM ET, 11/14/2013

State Republicans making the case for Internet sales tax to Congress

Republicans who want to level the tax paying field say Rep. Bob Goodlatte is the vote they need to win.

By Reid Wilson  |  02:03 PM ET, 11/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  marketplace fairness, newsletter, States, taxes

Posted at 12:23 PM ET, 11/13/2013

Cities felt recession’s challenges well after recovery began

The nation’s largest cities felt the brunt of the recession long after state and federal governments.

By Reid Wilson  |  12:23 PM ET, 11/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  cities, economy, income tax, newsletter, Revenue, sales tax, States, taxes

Posted at 09:25 AM ET, 11/06/2013

Colorado approves pot taxes, but turns down a nearly $1 billion income tax increase

Coloradans approved one tax and smacked down another by similarly wide margins.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  09:25 AM ET, 11/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaigns and Elections, Colorado, Marijuana, taxes

Posted at 04:51 PM ET, 11/05/2013

The politics of pot

We chatted with Post TV’s On Background about the politics of marijuana and the changing demographics driving the debate.

By Reid Wilson  |  04:51 PM ET, 11/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  economy, Marijuana, States, taxes

Posted at 06:01 AM ET, 11/05/2013

Getting Connecticut’s books in order requires half a billion in state bonds

Gov. Dan Malloy is trying to use a more transparent accounting system -- but it’ll cost Connecticut some cash.

By Reid Wilson  |  06:01 AM ET, 11/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  budget, Connecticut, newsletter, States, taxes

Posted at 06:01 AM ET, 10/28/2013

About $1 billion in new taxes are up for a vote next week in Colorado

The first in a daily look at the policy questions facing voters next week.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  06:01 AM ET, 10/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Colorado, Marijuana, taxes

Posted at 10:33 AM ET, 10/25/2013

Remember how D.C. sold tax debt and residents lost homes? Philadelphia may approve a similar practice.

The City Council wants to be able to sell its claims on homes whose owners owe back taxes.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  10:33 AM ET, 10/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:01 AM ET, 10/24/2013

Rick Scott wants a half-billion-dollar tax cut

By Reid Wilson  |  06:01 AM ET, 10/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  campaigns, Campaigns and Elections, elections, Florida, States, taxes

Posted at 03:50 PM ET, 10/21/2013

Energy sector recovering fast in Western states

A new report shows the energy sector is a major source of jobs and income in Western states.

By Reid Wilson  |  03:50 PM ET, 10/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Colorado, Energy, New Mexico, newsletter, Rankings, States, taxes, wyoming

Posted at 06:02 AM ET, 10/18/2013

Wisconsin passes a $100 million tax cut in just four days

Just four days after its introduction, the governor’s tax bill has passed both houses.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  06:02 AM ET, 10/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:29 PM ET, 10/11/2013

Cities report improving fiscal health

After years of recession, city revenue streams are rising again -- slowly.

By Reid Wilson  |  02:29 PM ET, 10/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  budgets, cities, States, taxes

Posted at 06:02 AM ET, 10/11/2013

In Oregon, ‘Dr. No’ gets to yes

In his third term, Gov. John Kitzhaber (D) changes his image in hopes of getting results.

By Reid Wilson  |  06:02 AM ET, 10/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  campaigns, Campaigns and Elections, elections, kitzhaber, Oregon, States, taxes

Posted at 11:39 AM ET, 10/09/2013

Western U.S. best for business, Tax Foundation says

An oil boom in the western United States is allowing states to lower tax rates. A new report says that makes for a better business climate.

By Reid Wilson  |  11:39 AM ET, 10/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  North Carolina, Rankings, States, taxes, texas, wyoming

Posted at 06:02 AM ET, 10/08/2013

Oregon likely to try again on sales tax

Oregon’s budget took a hit when income rates fell during the recession. Now, sales taxes are on the table.

By Reid Wilson  |  06:02 AM ET, 10/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  income tax, Oregon, Rankings, sales tax, States, taxes

Posted at 04:25 PM ET, 10/05/2013

Hotels, online sites fight over travel tax burden

Who should pay the government when you book a hotel room on Orbitz? Hotels and the online travel industry are at odds.

By Reid Wilson  |  04:25 PM ET, 10/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  States, taxes, travel

Posted at 08:59 AM ET, 10/03/2013

Hey look, a grand bargain in Oregon!

Democrats voted to cut pensions, Republicans voted to raise taxes -- the system works!

By Reid Wilson  |  08:59 AM ET, 10/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  budget, gmo, Oregon, pension reform, taxes

Posted at 09:01 AM ET, 10/02/2013

Should Denver and New York City implement a plastic bag tax?

Do taxes and fees on plastic bags actually accomplish the goals their backers promise?

By Reid Wilson  |  09:01 AM ET, 10/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Colorado, Denver, New York City, spending, States, taxes

Posted at 10:11 AM ET, 09/30/2013

Oregon legislators return for special session

A deal over pension reform and tax increases appears at risk in a special session beginning Monday.

By Reid Wilson  |  10:11 AM ET, 09/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  education, Oregon, pension reform, special session, taxes

Posted at 11:32 AM ET, 09/24/2013

State income tax revenues are up—but the bubble’s about to burst

Fourteen straight quarters of growth could come to an end end this year.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  11:32 AM ET, 09/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Revenue, taxes

Posted at 10:01 AM ET, 09/21/2013

The state that taxes the poor the most is a blue one

The state that easily handed Obama a victory also happens to have the nation’s highest tax burden on the poor.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  10:01 AM ET, 09/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:23 PM ET, 09/12/2013

Wyoming legislators want higher beer tax

Legislators are contemplating raising a tax that’s held steady since 1935.

By Reid Wilson  |  03:23 PM ET, 09/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  beer, Rankings, States, taxes, wyoming

Posted at 10:07 AM ET, 09/12/2013

California’s minimum wage is about to hit $10 an hour

The California legislature will likely vote to make the state’s minimum wage the highest in the country.

By Reid Wilson  |  10:07 AM ET, 09/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  california, jerry brown, minimum wage, Rankings, taxes

Posted at 05:23 PM ET, 09/11/2013

Missouri’s tax cut is dead, despite a Republican super-majority there

A tax cut died in Missouri Wednesday, despite Republicans having a supermajority in the legislature there.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  05:23 PM ET, 09/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 05:25 PM ET, 09/09/2013

Budget fight could hurt Beltway-area local governments

Beltway-area local governments could feel the squeeze if debt ceiling fight leads to downgrades.

By Reid Wilson  |  05:25 PM ET, 09/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  economy, investments, maryland, ratings, spending, taxes, virginia

Posted at 03:23 PM ET, 09/05/2013

Oregon governor eyeing session on pensions, taxes

Oregon. Gov. John Kitzhaber is renewing his push for a "grand bargain" on taxes and pensions.

By Reid Wilson  |  03:23 PM ET, 09/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  cigarette taxes, income tax, oregon, pensions, States, taxes

Posted at 02:53 PM ET, 09/05/2013

How Mississippi turned $3.5 million into $80 million

A small investment in tax collection yielded a big revenue haul.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  02:53 PM ET, 09/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:49 AM ET, 09/04/2013

North Carolina Republicans will aim to ax income tax

North Carolina Republican legislators will aim to eliminate the state's income tax in 2015.

By Reid Wilson  |  11:49 AM ET, 09/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  income tax, North Carolina, republicans, States, taxes

Posted at 04:02 PM ET, 08/29/2013

Watch out Missouri, Rick Perry wants your jobs

Texas Gov. Rick Perry is going to St. Louis on Thursday, and when he goes home, he wants to take a few companies with him.

By Reid Wilson  |  04:02 PM ET, 08/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  business, missouri, rick perry, States, taxes, texas

Posted at 10:40 AM ET, 08/29/2013

People in Tennessee, Arkansas and Louisiana pay the highest sales taxes in the nation

A new study calculates how much Americans in every state pay in combined state and local taxes.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  10:40 AM ET, 08/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:02 AM ET, 08/22/2013

Local governments cutting hours over Obamacare costs

Cities and counties facing the prospect of paying new health-care costs are opting instead to reduce the hours their part-time employees work.

By Reid Wilson  |  10:02 AM ET, 08/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  affordable care act, economy, jobs, new jersey, obamacare, taxes, texas, virginia, wisconsin

Posted at 06:01 AM ET, 08/22/2013

Report: Long-term education investments lead to higher wages

A new report finds a strong correlation between a state's education levels and both higher productivity and higher wages.

By Reid Wilson  |  06:01 AM ET, 08/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  economy, education, growth, productivity, Rankings, States, taxes

Posted at 03:35 PM ET, 08/20/2013

Back to school: Are sales tax holidays worth it?

With summer coming to a close, some critics think back-to-school sales tax holidays are misguided.

By Reid Wilson  |  03:35 PM ET, 08/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  back to school, States, tax holiday, taxes