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Who Pays Taxes in Iowa?

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Yet another loophole for Iowa?

4/24/18

Questions for Iowa before adopting the pass-through loophole need answers: Costs of $100 million-plus, benefits to wealthy — some vs. others at the same income.

Passing through a special break

3/19/18

A special federal tax break for business income claimed for personal income tax purposes is complicated, poorly understood, and costly — and now it’s being considered by Iowa state lawmakers.

Leveling sales-tax playing field

3/14/18

While sales tax has remained important to state and local revenues, tax policy in Iowa has not kept up with changes in the economy, particularly with online and remote sales. The Governor’s tax plan would modernize that element — but other changes could ease Iowa’s overall regressive tax structure.

Setting the stage for cuts

3/8/18

The plan includes some desirable reforms that need not have come at the expense of essential public services that inevitably will have to be cut in the face of revenue losses. It also omits reforms that could enhance Iowa tax fairness. 

Senate plan hurts poor, middle

11/20/17

When you look beyond the early years of this plan, you see that low- and middle-income Iowans are whacked by this plan in 2027.

Sensible improvements for Iowa taxes

10/19/17

Real tax reform would eliminate wasteful spending on tax breaks, transform a regressive system into one that fairly reflects ability to pay, and assure a stable revenues to fund education and other critical services.

Iowa Sales-Tax Sleight of Hand

3/10/16

Aside from fiscal impacts, sales-tax proposals and actions in Iowa ignore existing law or voters’ directives, and long traditions in the way we govern ourselves.

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

1/8/16

Iowa lawmakers’ budget dilemma this year is largely self-inflicted — revenue shortfalls a product of legislators’ penchant for tax cuts over the past 20 years.

Don’t compound Iowa tax inequity

11/16/15

The big winners would be those with the highest incomes.

More Millions for Millionaires

3/25/15

Millionaires do better than low- to moderate-income taxpayers by 273 to 1 under this bill. While millionaires would receive about $8,200 apiece on average — people making $40,000 or less would average only $30 in tax savings.