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  • States Should React Cautiously to Recent Income Tax Growth
    Elizabeth McNichol
    Revised September 5, 2013

    Recent tax collections are considerably higher than last year in most states and, in many cases, exceed states’ projections when they adopted their current budgets in the spring of 2012.  In 31 states for which data were available in June 2013[1] , state tax collections in the first ten months of fiscal year 2013 were 5.7 percent …
  • Strategies to Address the State Tax Volatility Problem
    Elizabeth McNichol
    April 18, 2013

    State revenues plummet in recessions, just when states can least afford the loss.  Some proposals to address this flaw in state tax systems would change the systems’ structure — for instance, by replacing state personal income taxes with sales taxes — but wouldn’t solve the problem and would exacerbate others in …
  • State Taxes on Inherited Wealth Remain Common:
    Elizabeth McNichol
    Updated March 12, 2013

    Taxes on inherited wealth are a traditional and common revenue source for states.  Prior to the passage of the federal estate tax cut in 2001, every state levied an estate tax that allowed them to “pick up” a share of federal estate tax revenues.  The state “pick-up” estate taxes did not increase total estate …
  • 2013 Is a Good Year to Repair (if Not Replenish) State Rainy Day Funds
    Elizabeth McNichol
    January 15, 2013

    The last decade’s roller-coaster economy has highlighted the importance of state “rainy day funds” — budget reserves for when recessions or other unexpected events cause revenue declines or spending increases.  States with rainy day funds were able to avert over $20 billion in cuts to services and/or tax …
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