A 2018 Supreme Court tax decision is helping state budgets during the pandemic

Sep 3, 2020
Ruling enabling states to collect sales taxes on online purchases turned out to be key.
States are collecting substantial online sales tax revenue while some other forms of commerce shrink.
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45 states just started a new fiscal year. None are celebrating.

Jul 8, 2020
Tax revenue is down, expenditures are up and the future's uncertain.
Public health workers in Denver check in with people waiting to be tested for COVID-19 in March. The fight against the pandemic has contributed to state budget shortfalls.
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Depleted sales tax revenue means states have to cut budgets

Jun 4, 2020
Texas is already near the bottom in per capita spending on education, and cuts would only make it worse.
A bar boarded up in Austin, Texas, in May. Texas is one of seven states without an income tax, so it relies more heavily on sales taxes.
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Cities and states that lean on sales and income tax to operate have taken a hit

Apr 15, 2020
A place like Columbus, Ohio, relies on income tax for 75% of its revenue.
With much of the economy shutdown and more and more people out of work, cities and states aren’t collecting as much in taxes.
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States look to new holiday shopping tax dollars post Wayfair decision

Dec 20, 2019
In many states, it’s the first holiday shopping season since they starting requiring online businesses to collect sales tax.
An eBay representative shows customers the eBay app at a holiday market in Denver in 2017.
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Why do states hold back-to-school sales tax holidays?

Aug 7, 2019
Politicians and retailers say tax holidays are good for sales and they save people money. But it’s not that simple.
Shoppers peruse notebooks and other back-to-school items at a Walmart in Rolling Meadows, Illinois.
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Doing the math on back-to-school tax breaks

Aug 18, 2017
Politicians are the real winners, one expert says.
A child checks her back-to-school shopping list at a Target in Rosemont, Illinois. 
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Getting a break on back-to-school purchases

Aug 10, 2015
Many states offer short tax holidays, but it may be a modest spending season.

Sales tax holidays: A lot of hype for a little saving

Aug 13, 2014
They're bad for budgets, but Americans love our state sales tax holidays.