Weekly Roundup: New State Sales Tax Proposals



It’s that time of year when state governors announce plans and proposals for the coming legislative season. As always, state plans involve balancing the books, and when it comes to state revenue, sales tax is a big player. The most recent U.S. Census Bureau data reveals that general and selective sales taxes accounted for 38.9% of the national total of state revenue from the September 2011 to September 2012. With such a large revenue stream at stake, sales tax proposals can have a big impact on state economies and often incite controversy among state residents.

We’ve gathered the most recent state sales tax proposals below to keep you informed about potential shifts in business climate within specific states. As a bonus, we’ve got the latest for you on Amazon and Starbucks’ tax battles in Europe, online sales tax in 2013 and Amazon’s lack of compliance with Georgia law.


Weekly Roundup: Online Sales Tax and Governor Proposals

Storified by Avalara· Thu, Jan 24 2013 19:45:53

Online Sales Tax Legislation May Find Traction in 2013 | TaxRates.comAs Washington D.C. prepares for balls, parades and other inaugural festivities, lawmakers are creating goals for the 113th Congress. They…
Tax Wars: Britain v. Starbucks, Amazon | TaxRates.comGreat Britain has long been known as a nation of tea drinkers, but the British have been up in arms over coffee of late. Specifically, St…
Georgia: Amazon in Violation of Sales Tax Law? | TaxRates.comMany people in Georgia have had Amazon on the mind since the start of 2013, when House Bill 386 took effect. The bill requires online ret…
New Sales Tax Proposals 
Massachusetts Governor Seeks Tax Increases to Fund Public Projects | TaxRates.comLast week, Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick (D) announced ambitious plans to expand the state’s transportation system. Like many othe…
Revenue Seeking: Washington State Considers Increase in Gas Tax | TaxRates.comThe Washington State Transportation Commission is calling for a gas tax increase to fund maintenance and preservation. The gas tax is sep…
Minnesota Governor Seeks Reduction in Sales Tax | TaxRates.comMinnesota Governor Mark Dayton (D) wants to reduce the state sales tax from 6.875 percent to 5.5 percent. Certain goods and services that…
Revenue Seeking: Michigan Lawmakers Consider Sales Tax Increase | TaxRates.comMichigan needs better roads. Last week during his State of the State Address, Governor Rick Synder (R) underscored his commitment to inve…
Nebraska Governor Would Eliminate Many Sales Tax Exemptions | TaxRates.comIn his recent State of the State Address, Nebraska Governor Dave Heineman (R) "focused on the need for tax reform." In his opinion, "[t]a…

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