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Testimony to the Joint Committee on Revenue on the Incidence of State and Local Taxes in Massachusetts and Effects of the Fair Share Amendment

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Why Highest Incomes in Massachusetts Receive Most Tax Benefits from Charitable Deduction

Even considering how higher-income households have more money to give away, the tax benefits of charitable tax deductions are heavily skewed toward the top.
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14 Options for Raising Progressive Revenue

How to collect enough revenue to pay for the things we accomplish together as a Commonwealth and how to collect that revenue fairly are questions ...
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Who Pays? Low and Middle Earners in Massachusetts Pay Larger Share of their Incomes in Taxes

Taxes are the main way communities pay for the things we do together. Taxes pay for essential programs and infrastructure we take for granted, like ...
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A Credit to Health: The Health Effects of the Earned Income Tax Credit

The opportunity to live a healthy life begins long before a person shows up at the doctor's office or hospital; health begins where people live, ...
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What Has Happened in Other States with High Tax Rates on Million-Dollar Incomes?

Massachusetts can have an economy that generates broad prosperity and home-grown millionaires with world-class education and infrastructure. Several other states have top income-tax rates as ...
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What Does the Federal Tax Law Mean for Massachusetts and How Might the Commonwealth Respond?

The new federal tax law reduces federal revenues by approximately $1.5 trillion largely by cutting taxes for corporations, people receiving inheritance from very large estates, ...
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Sweeter than SALT: Highest-Income Households Get Federal Tax Cuts More Than Twice SALT Losses

The federal government has enacted very large tax cuts targeted mostly at higher-income taxpayers. The resulting loss of an almost $1.5 trillion in federal revenue ...
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How Slow Sales Tax Growth Causes Funding Problems for the MBTA

Almost 20 years ago, a penny of the sales tax was dedicated to the MBTA to be a steadily growing source of revenue for the ...
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Massachusetts Ranks About Average for Taxes in FY 2015

This fact sheets examines where Massachusetts ranks compared to other states in terms of the level of state and local taxation in 2015, the most ...
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