December 13, 2012

Previewing Tax Reform in the States: National Trends and State-specific Prospects for 2013


Washington, DC – Following an election that left half the states with veto-proof legislative majorities, 39 states with one-party rule and more than a dozen with governors who put tax reform high on their agendas, 2013 promises to be a big year for changes to state tax laws.

State tax codes are almost universally inadequate and in need of modernization. From the National Governors Association to the State Budget Crisis Taskforce, there is widespread consensus that most states have been patching and punting for too long and their tax systems are no longer able to provide adequate and sustainable revenue to deliver services that citizens rely on.

This Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy (ITEP) hosts a phone briefing on December 19, 2012 outlining challenges and solutions with a focus on state tax fairness, and goes into greater depth on fifteen states most likely to undertake major tax overhauls in 2013 (CA, IA, KS, KY, LA, MN, MO, NC, NE, NY, OH, OK, OR, VA, WI).

The briefing materials related to the teleconference are available in PDF form below:

MP3 of Teleconference

Teleconference Agenda

Press Advisory

Four Major Problems That Good Tax Reform Should Address, and a Myth about Tax Cuts

Quick Guide to Key Trends in 2013 State Tax Policy Debates

Report- State Tax Reform Prospects in 2013

Policy Brief- Tax Principles: Building Blocks of A Sound Tax System