Explaining the Complexities of Property Tax Calculations

It’s not always easy to understand how they’re determined, but New Jersey’s former comptroller and budget director discusses the nuts and bolts of this important revenue source.

Seattle City Council Set for Final Vote on Controversial Employee ‘Head Tax’

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Possible early season tropical system … S.C. bag tax preemption … Minneapolis may increase age to purchase tobacco … and Baltimore’s incinerator reliance.

Kentucky’s Deadline Task: Implement an Expanded Sales Tax

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | CVS move surprises transit agency … Philly jury’s $10 million award … a ‘breakthrough compromise’ in Alaska … and Idaho's new grizzly bear season.

Survey Finds Americans are Confident Home Prices Will Rise

The findings are part of Gallup's latest Economy and Personal Finance poll.

The Obscure Tax Rule That’s Stopping U.S. States From Paying Teachers More

Supermajority tax measures have been pushed since the 1990s by deep-pocketed lobbying groups.

The Feds Outlawed a Key State and Local Refinancing Tool. Now What?

Tax-exempt advance refunding helped state and local governments save billions of dollars in recent years.

U.S. Supreme Court Hears Arguments in Online Sales Tax Case

It will now be up to the court to decide whether to reverse a legal precedent that dates back to an era before internet sales.

No Matter How the Supreme Court Rules, Don't Bank On an Online Sales Tax Boom

Changes to a long-standing legal precedent could free states to impose sales taxes on more internet retailers, but the immediate revenue gains could be somewhat limited.

Supreme Court Prepares to Reconsider Limits on State, Local Tax Authority

With South Dakota v. Wayfair, the justices could resolve long-standing tensions over online sales tax collections.

Treasury Department, IRS Announce 'Opportunity Zone' Designations

The initial round of zone approvals under the new economic development program covers 15 states and three territories.

Ways to Increase Impact and Limit Costs of Business Incentives

A new study from the Upjohn Institute provides guidance to state and local governments for analyzing options.

Uber Thinks This New Tax Could Be Really Great for Business

Congestion pricing is deeply unpopular with voters but could be a big boon for ride-hailing apps in New York City.

N.Y. Governor’s Plan to Use City Property Taxes Alarms Mayor

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | County dissolves flood-prone village near Mississippi River; Fla. proposal would pressure Miami-Dade County; 100-gigabit network in N.D.; Boise is booming; and dismal news for Pa. dairy farmers.

As High Court Weighs Online Sales Taxes, States Get Ready to Pounce

“When Americans are buying more but the tax revenue is not rebounding, that’s just a measure of where young people are shopping,” according to Max Behlke of the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Axing State Corporate Taxes Is Good Policy

ANALYSIS | New Jersey’s former state comptroller and budget director asks: Is there an easier and more equitable way to tax business?

Paul Ryan Says House Infrastructure Action Will Happen in 'Stages'

The House speaker's remarks come one day after he ruled out the idea of raising the gas tax.

House Panel Chairman: Stop the 'Shotgun' Approach to Infrastructure

U.S. Rep. Garret Graves, who leads a House infrastructure subcommittee, explained to Route Fifty why he's not quite ready to talk about raising new revenues for public works.

Gas Tax Hike in an Election Year? It'll Be a Tough Sell in Congress

Despite flickers of bipartisan support for upping fuel taxes, the idea has yet to gain serious momentum.