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Sales Tax and The State of the Union in 2013


 The State of the Union: President Obama has spoken.

The State of the Union began on a positive note. President Obama noted:

"Tonight, thanks to the grit and determination of the American people, there is much progress to report. … After years of grueling recession, our businesses have created over six million new jobs. … Together, we have cleared away the rubble of crisis, and can say with renewed confidence that the state of our union is stronger."

The president then acknowledged that we have an unfinished task "to restore the basic bargain that built this country -- the idea that if you work hard and meet your responsibilities, you can get ahead… ."

He spoke of compromise, and the need to make "some basic decisions about our budget… ." He said, "Most Americans… know that broad-based economic growth requires a balanced approach to deficit reduction, with spending cuts and revenue, and with everybody doing their fair share."

He said tax reform can help small businesses expand and help "create jobs right here in America."

States all around the country are considering tax reform in 2013:

Democratic Governors Consider Sales Tax Decreases

Republican Governors Look to Sales Tax for Revenue

Kansas Governor Wants to Extend a Sales Tax Increase

Nebraska Governor Would Eliminate Many Sales Tax Exemptions

Minnesota Governor Seeks Reduction in Sales Tax

Ohio Governor Seeks to Broaden Sales Tax Base, Reduce Rate

Is your business ready for tax reform?

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Gail Cole
Avalara Author
Gail Cole
Gail Cole
Avalara Author Gail Cole
Gail began researching and writing about sales tax in 2012 and has been fascinated with it ever since. She has a penchant for uncovering unusual tax facts, and endeavors to make complex sales tax laws more digestible for both experts and laypeople.