Latest State taxes News

Plastic bag tax generates much less cash than budgeted

Nov. 12, 2019 6:05 PM EST

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A new state report indicates Connecticut consumers are remembering to bring their own bags to the supermarket. Revenue estimates released Tuesday by Democratic Gov. Ned Lamont's budget office and the legislative Office of Fiscal Analysis project the new 10-cent fee for disposable...

Bills expand sales tax holidays for school, storm supplies

Nov. 12, 2019 11:20 AM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Sales tax holidays for school and hurricane supplies would be expanded under bills approved by a Florida Senate committee. The Senate Commerce and Tourism Committee unanimously approved the bills Tuesday. One would create an 18-day sales tax holiday for hurricane supplies from May...

Rai advocates push for Northwest bullet train

Nov. 12, 2019 10:50 AM EST

Last week's vote in Washington state to roll back car registration fees has scrambled transportation budgets. But Pacific Northwest rail advocates are undeterred in pursuing their vision of a bullet train connection between Portland, Seattle and Vancouver, Canada. Microsoft hosted a high-power meeting of state...

Tax vote could close half of Louisiana parish's schools

Nov. 12, 2019 8:51 AM EST

NEW ROADS, La. (AP) — School officials in a Louisiana parish say a failed attempt to renew a longstanding tax could mean slashing jobs and closing up to half of the parish's six schools. The Advocate reports the 11.96-mill property tax up for a renewal vote this weekend generates about $5.6 million for...

South Carolina cashes in with $2 billion extra in budget

Nov. 11, 2019 1:13 PM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina lawmakers will again have a significant amount of extra money to spend in next year's budget. Economists are estimating a nearly $2 billion increase in the general fund, which lawmakers control, for the budget year that starts in July 2020. South Carolina's growing...

As hunters decline, group want millennials in the blinds

Nov. 10, 2019 11:29 AM EST

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — The millennial age group has been blamed for the decline of such cultural mainstays as American cheese, homeownership, golf and middle children. But, at least in Tennessee, younger generations are being looked to in hopes of increasing the number of people who participate in another...

Lawmaker: Richland County may have to repay $40M in taxes

Nov. 10, 2019 10:16 AM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina lawmaker who has seen a state audit says Richland County may have to repay $40 million collected in a penny sales tax for road improvements. Rep. Kirkman Finlay said a constituent showed him the document. Both the county and the state have refused to release it...

SC taxpayers to soon get rebate checks

Nov. 9, 2019 5:04 PM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The South Carolina Department of Revenue will begin issuing 400,000 tax rebate checks in the coming week. Gov. Henry McMaster's spokesman, Brian Symmes, says lawmakers approved $50 rebates for eligible taxpayers six months ago and less than a month after the Oct. 15 individual income...

New law increases NC zero-tax bracket, targets online sales

Nov. 9, 2019 11:22 AM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina income tax filers will get more generous breaks on their returns soon but could pay more upfront sales taxes for online purchases in a measure Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper has signed into law. Cooper's signing announcement came several hours after he vetoed another bill...

Missouri proposes ban on pot companies paying taxes in cash

Nov. 8, 2019 3:58 PM EST

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Missouri's health department wants to ban medical marijuana businesses from paying taxes in cash, a move that industry advocates say could shut out small businesses from the field. Missouri voters in 2018 made medical marijuana legal but sales are still prohibited under federal law....