Grading state graders

Grading state graders

‘Grading the States’ — gradingstates.org — keeps an eye on business climate rankings Visit the ‘Grading the States’ website for Peter Fisher’s reviews ...

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Another view: Iowa’s ‘Condition’

Another view: Iowa’s ‘Condition’

IFP Statement: Another view of the ‘Condition of the State’   IOWA CITY, Iowa (Jan. 12, 2016) — The Iowa Fiscal Partnership today ...

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Here a tax break, there a tax break, everywhere a tax break

Here a tax break, there a tax break, everywhere a tax break

Iowa’s revenue shortfall largely self-inflicted — education, other priorities suffer By Peter Fisher Iowa legislators facing projections of scant revenue growth for next fiscal ...

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Don’t compound Iowa tax inequity

Don’t compound Iowa tax inequity

The first report by a self-proclaimed conservative think tank in Iowa is getting some attention today, and reviving dubious ideas about taxes. First, ...

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Grading state graders

Grading state graders

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Another view: Iowa’s ‘Condition’

Another view: Iowa’s ‘Condition’

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Here a tax break, there a tax break, everywhere a tax break

Here a tax break, there

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Don’t compound Iowa tax inequity

Don’t compound Iowa tax inequity

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  • About IFP

    The Iowa Fiscal Partnership is a joint initiative of two nonpartisan organizations, the Iowa Policy Project and the Child and Family Policy Center, providing reliable information and analysis on Iowa budget and tax issues.

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  • No income taxes, big checks from the state

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    More companies are benefiting from a lucrative tax subsidy that permits large, profitable corporations to get checks from the state without paying any Iowa income tax. The latest annual report from the Department of Revenue on the use of the Research Activities Credit (RAC) shows that 248 companies claimed $51 million from the program in 2014, one-third more than the highest number of companies in the last five years. Most of the credit claims — $34.8 million, or 68 percent — were paid out as checks, not as tax reductions.

    Iowa continues to give a lot of money to companies that aren’t paying income tax.

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  • Our Work

    Iowa’s low business taxes
    Iowa taxes that fall on businesses are lower than the national average — with the corporate income tax rate lower than all but 14 states. Not that you hear that very often in political debate.
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    SNAP
    Almost 200,000 households in Iowa benefit from Food Assistance.
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