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Sales and Use Tax Compliance Legislation was a Big State Tax Trend This Year
With most state legislatures having adjourned their 2017 sessions, now is a good time to review activity on sales and use tax (SUT) compliance legislation this year (see our May update here). Lawmakers in 31 states have introduced 80 sales and use tax compliance bills...
Illinois Passes a Budget, But it's No Time to Celebrate
Last Thursday the Illinois House voted to override Governor Bruce Rauner's (R) veto of its budget bill ( IL SB 9), ending the state's 736 day budget stalemate. While the vote takes the pressure off Illinois' fiscal difficulties for the moment, the state still faces...
June 2017 Tax Retrospective: The Government Shutdown Blues
To say that it has been a rocky budget year for states would be an understatement: revenues for this year have been lackluster overall and projections for the future aren't any brighter. States across the country struggled to meet their requirements to pass balance...
May 2017 Tax Retrospective: Budgets finished, budgets delayed (Part 2)
In our previous post, we discussed the state budget difficulties in Illinois, Louisiana, Minnesota, and New Mexico. In part two, we'll examine Kansas, Oklahoma, and West Virginia.
Kansas' fight over tax reform
Kansas Governor Brownback's (R) marquee 2013 tax cuts...
May 2017 Tax Retrospective: Budgets finished, budgets delayed (Part 1)
May was a busy month as several state legislatures struggled to finish budgets before the end of their sessions. Crafting a budget is a notoriously difficult process in which lawmakers weigh competing interests that jockey for scarce funds, the possible need for new...
Which States Are Currently Undertaking Studies of their Tax Codes?
Several times each year, we put together a list of the states that are (or were recently) engaged in a review or study of their tax code. While these bodies go by different names—sometimes they're referred to as a “tax study committee” or a “commission,” or even a “task...
Five States Pass Major Gas Tax Increases
Non-election years are a popular time to raise new revenue for transportation infrastructure investments. This year has continued that trend as five states so far — California, Indiana, Montana, Tennessee, and South Carolina — have passed substantial road funding...
Sales Tax Compliance Legislation is Still a Hot Topic at the State (and Federal) Level

UPDATED: The latest information on this issue is available here.

As we've noted before, sales tax compliance legislation has been one of the biggest tax topics addressed by state lawmakers this year. So far in 2017, lawmakers have introduced 77 such bills in 32 states....
April Tax Policy Retrospective: The Rise & Fall of Gross Receipts Taxes
April was a busy month for state legislators, but the biggest news in tax policy was the fate of a pair of bills seeking to impose new gross receipts taxes (GRTs). The governors of Louisiana and West Virginia have both advocated for a GRT believing that a GRT will help...
Indiana Passes 10-Cents-Per-Gallon Gas Tax Increase
Very early on Saturday morning, the Indiana General Assembly passed a long-awaited transportation funding bill ( IN HB 1002) that is expected to raise an additional $6.4 billion over the next seven years to build and maintain the state's roads and bridges. The...