The Tax Fairness Commission was established by the Massachusetts Legislature in 2013 as part of the Act Relative to Transportation Finance. The Commission was charged with analyzing a broad array of the Commonwealth’s tax laws and focused on the equity of current tax policies.
The fifteen member bipartisan Commission met publicly eight times from September 2013 until February 2014. The Commission reviewed data and analysis prepared by the Department of Revenue, the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy, the Joint Committee on Revenue, Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center, the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, the Pioneer Institute, and others. After fully engaging in a broad, comprehensive, and lively debate, the Commission now issues this report.