The Minneapolis Start-Trubine: The Tax Fairness Gap is gone

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But if states can compete on tax fairness, Minnesota is positioned to do well. The national Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy ranked Minnesota the fifth-fairest state in the country in 2014 for taxing those at higher incomes at nearly the same effective rate as the poor. It praised Minnesota not only for raising its top income tax rate, but also for its refundable income tax credit for low-income families, its income-adjusted property tax refund programs, and for a sales tax that exempts grocery purchases.

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