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The Decline in State Corporate Income Taxes

Given its relatively small slice of the state tax collection pie, it’s hard to see why the corporate income tax would be included with sales and personal income as a major revenue source, but it used to be a more substantial generator. In fact, one of the most noteworthy trends regarding state corporate income taxes is that it has been steadily declining as a state revenue source.

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SCOTUS to Decide if Tax Breaks for State and Local Government Retirees are Unlawful

For state legislatures Dawson v. Steager may be a case of no good deed going unpunished.

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Hopeful Sign for Borrowers Dealing With Student Debt and Trying to Save for Retirement

The IRS released a groundbreaking private letter ruling on Aug. 17 that could make it easier for borrowers to pay down student loan debt and save for retirement at the same time.

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A Look at State Tax Reform Efforts in 2018

This has been an extremely important year for state taxes. First, the enactment of federal tax reform at the end of 2017 demanded immediate attention from state legislatures. Then came the U.S. Supreme Court’s Wayfair decision in June.

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Cryptocurrency: Currency of the Future or Just a Fad?

Los Angeles—The U.S. Treasury’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) defines virtual currency as “a medium of exchange that operates like a currency in some environments, but does not have all the attributes of real currency.

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The Workforce is Changing - And it's Going Freelance

Los Angeles—If you're expecting to get a gold watch at the end of your working career, you're probably going to want to get to know a jeweler, because your company is unlikely to hand them out.

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U.S. Economic Forecast: Sunny Today, Clouds Building

Los Angeles—The U.S. economy is in good shape, but challenges hover. That's the message economist Christopher Thornberg delivered to a Legislative Summit session Wednesday.

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Placing Odds on How States Will Handle Sports Betting

Los Angeles—Across the nation, states will be quickly passing laws that allow for legal sports betting and for states to reap a windfall in new tax revenue. Want to bet on that? A panel Tuesday at NCSL’s Legislative Summit gathered some of the nation’s top experts on the topic and it turns out the situation is far from a simple wager.

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NCSL Past President Testifies on Wayfair Decision Before Congress

Senator Curt Bramble (R-Utah), NCSL past president, testified before the U.S. House Judiciary Committee Tuesday on behalf of NCSL at a hearing examining the the South Dakota v. Wayfair decision handed down by the U.S. Supreme Court in June that states can require businesses without a physical presence in the state to collect and remit sales taxes on in-state transactions.

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Webinar Thursday: Are Sin Taxes Healthy for State Budgets?

Pew experts will present their analysis of past revenue performance of taxes on tobacco, alcohol, gambling, and legalized recreational marijuana. Plus, a further examination of states’ approaches to managing nonrecurring revenue, and best practices states can adopt for each revenue type.

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This blog offers updates on the National Conference of State Legislatures' research and training, the latest on federalism and the state legislative institution, and posts about state legislators and legislative staff. The blog is edited by NCSL staff and written primarily by NCSL's experts on public policy and the state legislative institution.