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Idaho Income Tax Ballot Measure

TweetShareSharePin0 Shares A pending tax ballot measure in Idaho may take the prize for gaffe-riddled drafting. Proponents had a straightforward goal: to create a new top marginal individual income tax rate of 10.925 percent on high earners. That is dubious enough, as it would create the highest rate between New York and California. But through a

Wisconsin Tax Reform Options to Improve Competitiveness

TweetShareSharePin0 Shares Key Findings Over the past two years, a wave of tax reform has swept the country, with a historic number of states improving their tax competitiveness by reducing income tax rates and enacting flatter structures. Since 2019, Wisconsin has made improvements to its three lowest marginal individual income tax rates, but its top

Emergency Savings Accounts & Tax Treatment of Retirement Savings

TweetShareSharePin0 Shares Last week, the Senate Finance Committee approved the Enhancing American Retirement Now (EARN) Act, moving closer to a potential agreement to reform retirement savings this year. That is one of several proposals recently introduced—including the Retirement Improvement and Savings Enhancement to Supplement Healthy Investments for the Nest Egg Act (RISE & SHINE)—that would

How do income taxes affect the economy?

TweetShareSharePin0 Shares Key Findings Research almost invariably shows a negative relationship between income tax rates and gross domestic product (GDP). The mobility of higher-skilled and higher income earners in an open economy works against the effort of progressive state and local tax systems to achieve long-term redistribution of income. The likelihood of an employed head

RSC Budget for FY 2023

TweetShareSharePin0 Shares The Republican Study Committee (RSC) released its FY 2023 budget today, led by Budget and Spending Task Force Chair Rep. Kevin Hern (R-OK) and RSC Chairman Jim Banks (R-IN), and prescribes several pro-growth tax reforms that would simplify the tax code and encourage business investment. Among the most impactful reforms are permanence for

Biden Tax Increases & 2023 Budget Proposal: Details & Analysis

TweetShareSharePin0 Shares This week, Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen will testify before the Senate Finance Committee and the House Ways and Means Committee on President Biden’s Fiscal Year 2023 Budget Proposals. Combined with the tax increases in the Build Back Better Act (BBBA), which the budget assumes becomes law, President Biden would raise revenues by $4

Biden Minimum Tax on Billionaires Unrealized Capital Gains

TweetShareSharePin0 Shares This week, President Biden introduced a new tax proposal as part of the White House fiscal year 2023 budget to raise taxes on households with net wealth over $100 million. The proposal would require wealthy households to remit taxes on unrealized capital gains from assets such as stocks, bonds, or privately held companies.

Arizona Flat Tax? Potential for a Flat Income Tax in AZ

TweetShareSharePin0 Shares The saga of Proposition 208, Arizona’s income surtax, appears to have finally reached its conclusion but some structural uncertainly remains. The initiated state statute, which assessed a 3.5 percent surtax on income over $250,000 ($500,000 for joint filers), was approved by voters on Election Day 2020. But by the end of November, a

Iowa Tax Reform: Details & Analysis

TweetShareSharePin0 Shares When Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds (R) delivered the Republican response to the State of the Union Address on March 1, she touted a state tax reform package on which the ink was barely dry: “Today, I signed legislation that eliminates Iowa’s tax on retirement income and sets our tax rate at 3.9 percent.

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