Tax reform advocate Ellen Weaver of the Palmetto Promise Institute said the surplus shows the state can handle big changes — such as lowering rates and broadening the base — in revenue collections. Weaver added current budgeting practices need to be addressed.
PPI CEO Ellen Weaver's testimony to the Senate Finance Taxation System Review and Reform Subcommittee from Jan. 16, 2019.
During those mad, mad days at the end of December, known as the Christmas holiday news hole, a number of bombshells dropped. Here are two that you will want to know about. Progress on the sale of Santee Cooper. Avery Wilks of The State reports that on the day before the state Public Service Commission
Without a significant fix, federal tax cuts would have actually meant state tax increases. Thankfully, House and Senate lawmakers came to an agreement and avoided the immediate tax crisis.
Back in February, we raised the alarm about how the big tax changes out of Washington passed in late 2017 would actually increase state taxes due to the way that South Carolina “conforms” to the federal tax code. Our economist—Dr. Rebecca Gunnlaugsson—outlined a roadmap for how to hold taxpayers harmless and move South Carolina closer
This originally appeared in the Statehouse Report on March 16, 2018. By Lindsay Street, Statehouse correspondent South Carolina could get its first real shot at income tax reform this session or next after more than a decade of talk, said Speaker Pro Tem Tommy Pope, R-York. That’s thanks to a little-known, annual adjustment called conformity
With every new year comes a new round of rankings on every topic imaginable. Apparently tax policy is no different, and its ranking season has begun. Two new state rankings reports place South Carolina among the top finishers in states with the lowest tax rates. The first report, by 24/7 Wall Street, uses Tax Foundation
This originally appeared on the Statehouse Report on March 9, 2018. By Joe E. Taylor Jr., special to Statehouse Report The Columbia Business Report recently wrote about a study from WalletHub.com, which claimed that South Carolinians pay the sixth-lowest residential property taxes in the nation. That sounds great. But sadly for taxpayers, it’s not the whole story.
Thursday, House Research staff presented a plan for statewide comprehensive income and sales tax reform to South Carolina Speaker of the House Jay Lucas and the South Carolina House Tax Policy Review Committee. The plan represents a critical step forward to create fairness for hardworking South Carolina citizens, stability to fund state promises and essential
To freedom-loving South Carolinians, the only worse words than “federal” and “conformity” spoken singly are “federal conformity” spoken jointly. The most current relevance of federal conformity refers to whether South Carolina should change its tax code to match the provisions of the sweeping (and very positive) tax law passed by Congress and signed by President