Washington, D.C.—Senator Pamela Althoff (Illinois), Delegate Shelia Hixson (Maryland) and Representative Chris Perone (Connecticut), the co-chairs of the National Conference of State Legislatures’ (NCSL) Executive Committee Task Force on State and Local Taxation, released the following statement after the Task Force was recognized as the Tax Organization of the Year:
“We are excited to announce that State Tax Notes, the leading publication of tax news and analysis for the global community, recognized the National Conference of State Legislatures, and more specifically the Executive Committee Task Force on State and Local Taxation, as the Tax Organization of 2016.
“This task force is comprised of the most knowledgeable and hardworking legislators and legislative staff from across the country who, for years, have led the way for better tax policy in the states. We recognize and congratulate the task force members for their hard work and for sharing their insights, knowledge, and experience with their colleagues from other states. Together, we have, and will continue, to be the leading authority in the state arena for years to come.
“We also recognize and thank NCSL staff and acknowledge that this honor would not have been possible without them. We would also like to take this chance to thank the countless organizations and individuals whose expertise and task force participation has been invaluable to unraveling and finding solutions to some of the most complex and pressing issues in the field of taxation.”
The NCSL Executive Committee established the Task Force in 1999 specifically to review and make recommendations to the states on the simplification of the administration and collection of sales and use taxes on out of state transactions, especially with the growth of such sales occurring as a result of electronic commerce, as well as the reform of the monopoly era taxation of communications services. The task force’s jurisdiction has since expanded its jurisdiction and now considers the most important and emerging multistate tax issues at the state and local levels.
Since 1975, NCSL has served as the bipartisan organization serving the legislators and staffs of the states, commonwealths and territories. It provides research, technical assistance and opportunities for policymakers to exchange ideas on the most pressing state issues and is an effective and respected advocate for the interests of the states in the American federal system.