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Proposal 1 Proves Republican Incompetence

Dale Hansen | Posted 04.21.2015 | Detroit
Dale Hansen

The fact that the people voters tasked with making the tough decisions are so afraid of losing their jobs that they would put the desires of a fringe "no new taxes" group ahead of the needs of their constituents suggests that the real problem here is not road or education funding but a complete and total failure of leadership.

Sales Tax On Software: Virtually Impossible to Understand

David Seiden | Posted 04.28.2015 | Business
David Seiden

States are generally slow to enact new laws in the face of new technology. Hence many of states find themselves applying existing sales tax laws, developed for brick-and-mortar transactions, to emerging technology transactions (i.e. cloud computing).

Is Bruce Rauner Sneaking a Tax Increase Past Illinois Voters?

John A. Tures | Posted 04.19.2015 | Politics
John A. Tures

When Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner was elected in 2014, he ran on an anti-tax platform. But is he trying to sneak a tax increase past voters that he never called for in last year's campaign?

The Diaper Tax

Joanne Goldblum | Posted 04.11.2015 | Politics
Joanne Goldblum

Baby diapers are taxed in most states. Adult incontinence products are more likely to be exempt. There is a reason why sales tax usually does not apply to food or medicine. They are necessities. In what world are diapers not?

With Friends Like Amazon, Who Needs Enemies?

Rich Nadworny | Posted 03.15.2015 | Business
Rich Nadworny

Last week, Amazon told its most loyal and supportive partners that the threat of paying state sales tax was too much for the online behemoth. And just like that, small independent entrepreneurs saw a revenue stream disappear.

Congress Passes Tax Extenders: What You Need to Know

Lisa Greene-Lewis, CPA | Posted 02.18.2015 | Money
Lisa Greene-Lewis, CPA

Yesterday, the Tax Increase Prevention Act of 2014 was passed by Congress, temporarily and retroactively extending more than 50 tax breaks that expired on December 31, 2013, meaning you and other taxpayers out there may receive a little extra holiday cheer this season.

Beauprez Says Tea Party "Uprising" Is "Healthiest Thing" He's Seen in Long Time

Jason Salzman | Posted 10.28.2014 | Denver
Jason Salzman

Remember this Denver Post headline, after the June 24 Republican primary: "In Bob Beauprez, Colorado GOP goes with mainstream contender." I rolled my...

Passing the Health Care Buck

Katie Vlietstra | Posted 08.25.2014 | Small Business
Katie Vlietstra

The addition of this new health care tax will add to the operating costs of the small business community in Washington, D.C. It's not unreasonable to assume that this new tax on health insurance carriers is going to be passed along to the individual policyholder's premium costs.

Illinois Among the 10 States With the Highest Wireless Tax Rate

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 06.22.2014 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Illinoisans are no strangers to high taxes. The state has the second highest property tax rate, the fifth highest gas tax and the tenth highest sale...

Where Mayor de Blasio Can Find Some Real Money

Carol Kellermann | Posted 03.08.2014 | New York
Carol Kellermann

Mayor de Blasio is already committed to pursuing tax changes in Albany (a millionaires' tax needs State approval), and he should make property tax reforms a key element of advocacy.

Mexican Sales Tax Hike Could Drive Shoppers North Of The Border

AP | ELLIOT SPAGAT | Posted 01.23.2014 | Latino Voices

CHULA VISTA, Calif. (AP) — Mexican license plates are common in parking lots of shopping malls in U.S. border cities. They will be even more familia...

Raising Illinois Taxes Takes Center Stage

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 02.16.2014 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Will our income tax go down in a year? Will sales taxes go up? Will retirees pay income tax? Taxes dominated the discussion Monday among three of the leading advocates for the pension reform bill passed two weeks ago.

How a Progressive Tax System Made Detroit a Powerhouse (and Could Again)

Mary Manning Cleveland | Posted 10.12.2013 | Detroit
Mary Manning Cleveland

After 1950, Detroit began to shrink, the first break in its sensational upward trajectory. What happened? Some blamed the end of the war, but America was pouring billions into the Interstate Highway System. The world wanted American cars and trucks. The causes of decline must have been internal.

Let's (NOT) Panic About The Online Sales Tax

Rory Rawlings | Posted 08.26.2013 | Small Business
Rory Rawlings

Whether or not you agree with MFA, there is one thing these businesses have right: sales tax IS a pain. There are 11,000 tax jurisdictions in the U.S. alone; each state has its own tax rules; and businesses that don't get it right can face stiff penalties. Trying to manage sales tax in multiple states can be like trying to steal a kiss from the meter maid: it's hard to do and it's risky.

John Celock

State Finances Uncertain

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 06.14.2013 | Politics

State governments are seeing signs of recovery, but continue to face an uncertain economic future, according to a new report released Thursday. Th...

How Online Sales Tax May Benefit E-Commerce

Eliyahu Federman | Posted 08.05.2013 | Business
Eliyahu Federman

Competition is the essence of commerce. The only way businesses get stronger is if there is competition to do things better, faster or at lower cost. All that businesses can -- or should -- ask for is for the rules of competition to be fair to all parties.

John Celock

GOP Lawmakers Approve Tax Plan After Contentious Debate

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 06.02.2013 | Politics

The Republican-controlled Kansas Legislature approved a permanent sales tax hike in the early morning hours Sunday, as part of a plan to replace the s...

John Celock

GOP Infighting Stales Republican Gov.'s Tax Hike Proposal

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 05.31.2013 | Politics

Republican Party infighting over the size of the state sales tax has led to gridlock in the Kansas Legislature as lawmakers continue in overtime. ...

Could Online-Sales Tax Moves Hurt Private Retailers' Already-Thin Margins?

Mary Ellen Biery | Posted 07.21.2013 | Small Business
Mary Ellen Biery

Privately held retailers are operating with relatively thin profit margins nearly four years after the end of the recession, according to recent data from Sageworks, a financial information company.

John Celock

GOP Governor's Allies Balk At Sales Tax Hike

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 05.18.2013 | Politics

A group of conservative Republican freshmen state legislators in Kansas met with Gov. Sam Brownback (R) on Friday and told him that they will not supp...

John Celock

Online Sales Tax Supporters Hope Messaging Wins Over Conservatives

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 05.07.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- While the U.S. Senate on Monday gave overwhelming support to a bill to empower states to collect sales tax on online purchases, chances ...

Shopping Online May Be About To Get More Expensive

AP | ANICK JESDANUN | Posted 05.06.2013 | Business

NEW YORK -- Congress is considering legislation that would give states the ability to require out-of-state retailers to collect sales taxes. If the me...

Senate Takes Up Internet Sales Tax Measure

Posted 07.06.2013 | Politics

By STEPHEN OHLEMACHER, The Associated Press WASHINGTON -- The Senate is aiming to help traditional retailers and financially strapped state and loc...

Ryan Grim

Senate Battles Over Online Sales Taxes

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan Grim | Posted 04.25.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Merchants, bankers, small businesses, bizarre coalitions, Dick Durbin and Mike Enzi: The Senate is re-enacting its great swipe fee battl...

Harsh Realities Snarl Controversial GOP-Backed Reform Effort

Reuters | Posted 06.23.2013 | Politics

* Louisiana, Nebraska stall; Kansas pushes ahead * Lobbyists gear up for fight in North Carolina By Nanette Byrnes ...