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States Take Differing Approaches to “Draining the Swamp”
With legislative sessions across the country in full swing, ethics and compliance issues seem to be at the front of everyone’s mind. Perhaps spurred in part by President Donald Trump’s “drain the swamp” rallying cry, citizens and public officials are exploring increased...
A Three-Map Overview of State Sales Tax Compliance for Remote Sellers
A few weeks ago, we wrote about the current state of play for sales and use tax compliance legislation in the states (frequently referred to as “nexus” legislation). Given that this is one of the most prevalent tax issues addressed by state legislatures this year, we...
Missouri Becomes 28th Right-to-Work State

Advocates for right-to-work laws have secured their second major victory of the year after Missouri Governor Eric Greitens (R) signed a right-to-work bill (MO SB 19) into law this morning. The legislation makes Missouri the 28th right-to-work state in the country. The...

Five State Tax Takeaways from January
One month into 2017 and state legislatures have wasted no time in proposing significant actions to affect their tax landscapes. Most states still have months of bargaining and debate to look forward to, but we are already getting indications about what the rest of the...
Bills Seek to Compel Disclosure of Presidential Tax Returns

Last week, White House Senior Adviser Kellyanne Conway announced that President Donald Trump will not be releasing his tax returns, even after the completion of the audit he had previously cited as a reason for not doing so. Although there are no legal requirements for...

Taxing “Sugary Beverages” Is Increasingly a Local Discussion
The debate over the health impacts of sugar has raged for decades, and “sugary beverages” have been singled out by some advocates as negatively affecting America's obesity epidemic. More recently, policymakers in a handful of localities have attempted to use the tax code...
Economic Nexus is the Most Prevalent Type of Sales Tax Compliance Legislation This Year
Last week, we identified the biggest tax issues which state legislatures will address in 2017. One of these issues is collection of sales and use taxes by remote (internet) sellers. Our prediction in this regard has thus far been borne out: as of January 27th, a total of...
State Tax Policy in 2017: What to Expect
With the excitement surrounding the prospect of federal tax reform, plus more than half of the states facing revenue shortfalls, we expect tax policy to be one of the most prevalent issues at the state legislative level in 2017. Below, we've identified the key tax issues...
Stage is Set for Major State Transportation Funding in 2017

Eleven states raised new revenue for transportation infrastructure investments in 2015, but election years are not popular times to raise taxes, so only New Jersey raised its gas tax in 2016, which was a non-election year for the off-year election state. (Additionally,...

Tax Issues to Watch in 2017: Taxation of Services

Tax on services (TOS) proposals have become increasingly prevalent in state legislatures across the country over the last few years, and 2017 will be no exception. As of January 2017, we anticipate TOS proposals could emerge and be seriously debated in 16 states during...