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Twelve States Must Finalize Budgets by July: Here’s Where Things Stand

Passing a budget is one of the most essential functions of a state legislature, but because the final product can bring about major changes to state spending and policy, budgets are often the most contentious proposals of the year.

Taxation of Services Remains a Key Legislative Issue in 2019

As we’ve noted previously, states are continuing to consider legislation that would expand the sales and use tax base to personal and professional services. As of May 2019,  22 “taxation of services” bills have been introduced in 12 states: California, Connecticut, ...

States Fulfill Predictions in Enacting Marketplace Facilitator Laws

Earlier this year, we predicted that 35 states would require marketplace facilitators to collect sales tax by the end of 2019. At the beginning of 2019, 12 states required collection by marketplace facilitators. Three months after our “35 states call,” 26 states have now...

Chicago’s New Leadership Could Have Big Impact on the Windy City and Beyond

Voters in Chicago’s recent municipal elections have swept into power the most progressive slate of policymakers in a generation, and they could well have an indelible impact on the city’s tax and fiscal future. Six of the new City Council members are Democratic...

More States Consider Taxing Personal and Professional Services as 2019 Legislative Sessions Advance

This post has been updated (March 15, 2019).

In recent years, states have increasingly considered taxing services by expanding the sales and use tax base —  and 2019 is no different. So far this year, taxation of services bills have been introduced in nine states:...

How States are Responding to Federal Tax Reform in 2019

Since the passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) in December 2017, state legislators have been debating exactly how new federal tax provisions will impact their state and how they should respond to these major changes in the federal tax code.

Taxing Services Could Be a Big Tax Issue for 2019

As states focus attention on federal tax conformity and Wayfair implementation legislation, another tax issue is percolating at the state level: proposals to expand sales and use taxes to services. This idea was highlighted during a U.S. House Judiciary Committee...

Top 10 State Legislative Trends for 2019

November’s elections saw the biggest shift in political control in the states in nearly a decade. When state legislatures gavel in their new legislative sessions in early 2019, most states will be bluer than they’ve been in a long time, which gives progressive lawmakers...

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