Legislation


Digital Goods and Services Tax Fairness Act of 2013

The Marketplace Fairness Act of 2013 (MFA) was created to level the playing field between online retailers and retailers on Main Street. Should it pass the House and become law, it would grant sta...Continued

Washington: Voter Approval Required on Proposed Tax Increases

Washington State lawmakers have approved a $33.6 billion two-year state budget that includes numerous tax increases. But wait! Thanks to a 2007 initiative, the tax increases cannot take effect unl...Continued

Arizona and the Battle of the Budget

The Special Session to finalize the Arizona state budget for FY 2013-14 was, by all accounts, contentious. However, early this morning, the House passed a bipartisan budget that included a controv...Continued

Wireless Tax Fairness Act of 2013

You've heard of the Marketplace Fairness Act of 2013, but did you know about the Wireless Tax Fairness Act, introduced earlier this week by Representatives Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) and Trent Franks (R-A...Continued

North Carolina: Proposed Tax Overhaul Wins Kudos

North Carolina lawmakers in both the House and the Senate are working on reforming the state's tax system.  While both plans have supporters and detractors, overall it is agreed there is a need fo...Continued

Will Maine “Modernize and Simplify” Tax Code?

Maine’s tax code has been in place for decades. That could mean it works well, and it could simply mean that change is difficult to enact. According to some Maine lawmakers, the latter is true; bu...Continued

Los Angeles to Shutter Pot Dispensaries, Raise Taxes

Last month in Los Angeles, California, voters turned out in support of a proposition that limits the Medical Marijuana Businesses (MMBs) in the city to 135 and increases their city tax from $50.00...Continued

California: Can Tax Exemptions Stop Discrimination?

Update, 9.16.2013: California SB 323 has been ordered inactive. Senator Ricardo Lara, sponsor of the bill, guaranteed last week that "SB 323 is alive and well. ... [W]e will be taking the next few...Continued

Arkansas Bans Tax Evasion Devices

Arkansas lawmakers have passed a bill that criminalizes "certain activities relating to software and other devices and mechanisms that modify or falsify electronic records for the purpose of evadi...Continued

Massachusetts Senate Moves on Transportation Bill

Last Saturday, the Massachusetts Senate engaged in what Senate President Therese Murray called a "long, thoughtful debate" over a transportation bill and its 110 amendments. S. 1766--a bill the Se...Continued