StateTaxes

To Fix Budget Woes, Some States Tell the Tax Man to Get Tougher

A handful of cash-strapped states are getting aggressive about collecting every tax owed -- hiring more collectors, hounding scofflaws and exploiting corners of their tax laws that haven't been enforced in years -- all to avoid doing one painful thing: officially raising taxes.

How Cuts to State Taxes Could Hit Voters in the Wallet

Several states are currently weighing plans to phase out state income tax; the aftermath of similar policies in other states suggests that these initiatives could carry a very high price for some of the country's poorest citizens.

How State Taxes Put a Bigger Pinch on the Poor

True, 47% of Americans pay no federal income tax. But, as a recent study points out, when all the other taxes we pay are factored in, the poor often pay a far greater percentage of their income in taxes than the rich.

The True Cost of State Sales Tax Holidays

As states grapple with huge budget deficits, 17 of them are eliminating sales taxes for back-to-school shoppers. But are sales tax holidays really a good value for consumers? Experts discuss the true costs of the programs and some of the alternatives.

Did Online Travel Agencies Commit Tax Shenanigans?

Officials for some large U.S. cities are claiming that online travel agencies such as Expedia and Priceline are collecting hotel occupancy taxes from consumers, but not forwarding the full amount to governments. If the OTAs are forced to pass that tax money on, what will it do to their profits?

Oregon voters to rich: Pay up

Oregon measuress 66 and 67 special voteI didn't need any time for deliberation when I received my ballot for this month's special state vote in Oregon: I filled in the bubbles for "yes,"...