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Johnson County Examples Illustrate Problems with TIF

11/21/11

New Report Recommends Statewide Reforms to Stop Abuses
Full report plus executive summary (15-pg PDF) November 21, 2011Executive summary (2-pg PDF)Appendix (Maps by community) (9-pg PDF)News release below (2-pg PDF) 
IOWA CITY, Iowa — Poorly understood, hotly debated and often Read more

Corporate Taxes and State Economic Growth

12/1/10

Business tax breaks turn out to be an expensive and inefficient way to attempt to stimulate a state economy.

Tax Credit Reform Glass Half-Full? Maybe Some Moisture

3/17/10

Through a largely closed-door legislative process, legislators crafted a bill without public testimony or expert review and makes very minimal changes to current law. While the Governor called for action on the Tax Credit Review Panel’s recommendations to build $52 million in savings into his proposed Fiscal Year 2011 budget, the legislative package rejects almost all of that panel’s recommendations.

Keys to Fairly Assess the Effective Return on Investment from Public Business Subsidies

1/26/10

It is critical to establish a credible way to estimate economic activity produced by any economic development program — and the degree to which the activity would have occurred anyway.

‘Single Factor’ to Consider

4/2/08

Closing tax loopholes with combined reporting provides accountability on taxes, poses no impediment to businesses locating in the state, and offers no incentive to move to one of the dwindling number of non-combined reporting states.

Leveling the Playing Field

4/11/07

Plugging tax loopholes — an old issue that hangs around in Iowa, not addressed. Good time to look back at an IFP report on how Iowa could save millions every year.