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The Gender Disparity of Taxes: Toys, Tech and Tampons

Jane Sarasohn-Kahn | Posted 03.23.2016 | Women
Jane Sarasohn-Kahn

From the childhood tricycle to menstruating years, on to workplace gender pay differentials and ill-designed consumer technology, and finally in aging, women are taxed through their life cycle well beyond what Mark Twain had in mind when he wrote about those two sure things, death and taxes.

How to Handle Your Books When Your Money Is Off the Books: Financial Planning in a Freelance World

Michael Most | Posted 03.01.2016 | Business
Michael Most

Freelancing and being self-employed are the new frontier in the American economy. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the number of self-empl...

Georgia Considers Misguided Tax Cuts

Michael Mitchell | Posted 02.26.2016 | Politics
Michael Mitchell

Georgia is the latest state to consider large income tax cuts despite the growing evidence that such an approach is misguided. Two bills before Georg...

Reinvesting in Infrastructure Would Boost State Economies

Elizabeth McNichol | Posted 02.23.2016 | Politics
Elizabeth McNichol

State and local investment in transportation, public buildings, water treatment systems, and other forms of vital infrastructure has fallen to a 30-year low. Reversing this decline is key to creating good jobs and promoting full economic recovery -- and it's an especially good time for states to do it, as we explain in a new paper.

GOP Governors' Tax Proposals Hit Poor Harder

Pew's Stateline | Elaine S. Povich | Posted 05.06.2015 | Politics

This piece comes to us courtesy of Stateline. Stateline is a nonpartisan, nonprofit news service of the Pew Charitable Trusts that provides daily repo...

20 Weirdest State Taxes You Could Be Paying

Casey Bond | Posted 04.25.2015 | Money
Casey Bond

The U.S. can seem fairly normal when compared to other countries. Take taxes -- even when it comes to the most mundane of topics, our neighbors overseas can devise some truly bizarre charges and fines (take Sweden's Stripper Tax). But what about here at home?

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.

Here's How Unfair The Tax System Is In Each State

The Huffington Post | Kevin Short | Posted 09.19.2014 | Business

Most people don't love paying taxes, though they agree on the need to fork over some money to keep the government running. But what type of system do ...

What Einstein Taught Me About Death: 5 Reasons to Write a Will Today

Steve Mariotti | Posted 11.08.2014 | Money
Steve Mariotti

Whether you are looking to ensure your children's safety and future, or dictate how much of your earnings go back into the tax system, writing a will is an essential action and we can all benefit from taking advice from a genius like Einstein here.

Busting Three Myths About the Internet Tax Freedom Act's 'Grandfather Clause'

Michael Mazerov | Posted 09.17.2014 | Politics
Michael Mazerov

ITFA was enacted in 1998 with strong bipartisan support, and it has always included a "grandfather clause" that allowed states and localities that were taxing Internet access to keep doing so. Despite its long history, there's widespread misunderstanding about the grandfather clause in the current debate about renewing ITFA.

Kansas' Projections Show Tax Cuts Aren't Paying Off as Predicted

Christine Mai | Posted 07.14.2014 | Politics
Christine Mai

The negative effects of Kansas' tax cuts are mounting: lower state revenues, serious cuts to services like education, and now lower growth forecasts and a downgraded credit rating. These cuts aren't setting Kansas up for economic success.

The Top 5 (Okay, 6) State Tax Charts

Christine Mai | Posted 06.14.2014 | Business
Christine Mai

More than half of state tax dollars go to fund education and health care. State tax dollars also fund other critical services such as transportation, corrections, public assistance, care for residents with disabilities, police, state parks, and general aid to local governments.

Governors Get Pushback From Their Own Parties

Pew's Stateline | Elaine S. Povich | Posted 02.03.2014 | Politics

Relatively rolling in dough for the first time in half a decade, governors are calling for tax cuts, increased spending on education and infrastructur...

Supreme Court Opens Door Wider for Collecting Internet Sales Taxes

Michael Mazerov | Posted 02.02.2014 | Politics
Michael Mazerov

By declining to hear a challenge to New York State's "Amazon law," the U.S. Supreme Court has now helped pave the way for states and localities to collect more of the roughly $13 billion that they're owed each year in uncollected sales taxes on Internet purchases.

Do State Tax Incentives Really Work?

David Seiden | Posted 01.25.2014 | Business
David Seiden

Many people believe that tax incentives are at best, short-sighted and, at worst, having a negative economic affect on a state and local community.

John Celock

Some States Requiring Some Married Couples To Be Treated As Singles | John Celock | Posted 10.10.2013 | Politics

While the Internal Revenue Service plans to allow same-sex married couples to file joint federal tax returns, not every state will be following suit. ...

State Taxation of Trusts

David Seiden | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business
David Seiden

Given the complexities involved with determining if a trust is required to file and pay state income tax, we strongly suggest that trustees and advisors consult with state tax experts when establishing a trust.

State Taxes: What To Do When You Do Not Have the Money

David Seiden | Posted 10.28.2013 | Business
David Seiden

There are many reasons why taxpayers can owe back state taxes, penalties and interest, including making bad business decisions, having bad luck, or getting caught doing something inappropriate. Regardless of the reason, many states have programs that enable taxpayers to "wipe the slate clean."

In NY, If You Don't Pay Back Taxes, Driver's License Could Be Suspended

Newsday | Yancey Roy | Posted 10.05.2013 | New York

ALBANY -- New York State sent out warnings Monday to thousands of tax delinquents: pay up or have your driver's licenses suspended. The initiative to...

It's Not Just the IRS: States Target Taxpayers Too!

David Seiden | Posted 08.21.2013 | Business
David Seiden

In addition to identifying new businesses to audit, states have increased audit efforts in tax areas that had previously not been identified for an audit, including use tax, employment tax, and unclaimed property.

Four Governors Whose Radical Tax Plans Have Taken a Beating (and Why They're Not Giving Up Yet)

Nicholas Johnson | Posted 06.12.2013 | Business
Nicholas Johnson

The hurdles that Governors Jindal, Kasich, Fallin, and Heineman encountered in their own states and with their own allies do suggest that there may be a bit less appetite for radical tax change in the states than it seemed a month or two ago.

Why It's Time For a National Sales Tax

Gene Marks | Posted 04.24.2013 | Small Business
Gene Marks

The VAT works well in nearly every other developed nation and it can work just as well here. It would replace our current, complicated and frustrating sales tax system with something much more simplified.

10 States Burdening Their Poor With Taxes

The Huffington Post | Bonnie Kavoussi | Posted 01.31.2013 | Business

Don't need another reason why it's so good to be rich? We're giving it to you anyway. State and local governments on average tax the bottom 20 perc...

GOP Governor Pitches Radical Tax Plan

Reuters | Posted 01.16.2013 | Business

OMAHA, Jan 15 (Reuters) - Nebraska Governor Dave Heineman on Tuesday became the second Republican governor in the last week to propose ending his stat...

John Celock

States Ask Feds To End 'Uncertainty' | John Celock | Posted 01.09.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Calling for an end to "uncertainty" from the federal government, along with greater flexibility for state governments, the leaders of th...