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Massachusetts Ranks in Middle for Taxes in FY 2013

Analyzing recently updated data from the Census on state and local taxes across the country, this factsheet compares the overall level of state and local taxes in Massachusetts to the level in other states.

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Where Does the Taxachusetts Label Come From?

This factsheet explains the history of the “Taxachusetts” label and describes how it is at odds with the reality of the level of taxation in Massachusetts today.

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How Do Massachusetts Business Taxes Compare to Other States?

This factsheet examines findings from the Council on State Taxation’s (COST) annual report examining the taxation of businesses in each state. The report accounts for all state and local taxes and finds that Massachusetts is a relatively low tax state for business.

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Building an Economy that Works for Everyone: Implications of Privatization and the Pacheco Law

This fact sheet examines the core elements of the “Pacheco Law”- the requirement that privatization efforts lead to savings based on improved efficiency and that they do not drive down the wages of working people – and describes the processes and steps the law requires.

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The Reach of the MA State EITC, Town-by-Town

The state earned income tax credit (EITC) helps providing a meaningful boost to the after-tax earnings of thousands of low-income working families. This Facts-At-A-Glance provides town-by-town estimates of tax filers who received the state EITC in 2013.

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The Massachusetts Film Tax Credit

This factsheet describes the Massachusetts Film Tax Credit, one of the state’s most generous tax breaks, which provides movie producers with a tax credit of 25% of the cost of making a movie in Massachusetts.

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Examining Tax Fairness

Taxes are the primary way we pay for the things that we do together through government. As this Facts-At-A-Glance details, overall, the Massachusetts tax system is regressive, collecting a larger share of household income from lower-income households than it does from upper-income households.

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Income Tax Cuts and the Budget Deficit in Massachusetts

Beginning in 1998, a number of significant changes were made to the Massachusetts tax code–including a series of phased cuts to the state personal income tax. These cuts have reduced our capacity to fund essential services.

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Where Does the Taxachusetts Label Come From?

Overall, the level of taxation in Massachusetts is in the middle of the pack when compared to the rest of the country. The Taxachusetts label is a legacy of the 1970s – and at that time the label had a basis in reality. Since the late 1970s, tax policy in the Commonwealth has changed dramatically, as described in this Facts-At-A-Glance.

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Massachusetts Ranks in Middle for Taxes in FY 2012

This Facts-At-A-Glance describes a recent US Census report that compares how much is collected in taxes in each state to help pay for all those things we do through government. It finds that Massachusetts ranks in the middle of the pack.

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