Vermont Blue Ribbon Tax Commission

Story + video: Progs push Dems to raise taxes on wealthy

Sen. Pres. Pro Tempore John Campbell

If two Progressives in the Legislature have their way, income-earners who are in the top tax brackets will have an opportunity make a personal contribution to the budget-gap reduction effort.

Tax reform, Part 4: Solving the “PR” problem

Vermont's 2010 tax forms. Photo by Josh Larkin.

Tax analysts say if Vermont wants to lower its income tax rates, the state will have to eliminate itemized deductions.

Keelan: Tax Commission report should be shelved

If the Vermont State Legislature decides to take up the Blue Ribbon Tax Structure Commission’s final report Montpelier’s environment could become irascible.

Farnham: Elitism built in to tax commission report

I am inclined to agree that taxing services, (with certain exemptions and exclusions) is a good idea, but I’m really skeptical of the push toward the AGI-based system.

Tax reform part 3: Why the “Amazon tax” is a no-brainer

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The “Amazon tax” could bring in significant revenues and stabilize the state’s sales tax revenues, which have remained flat, and help to level the playing field for brick-and-mortar retailers.

Tax reform, part 2: Sales tax expansion would hit broad array of services

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Under the Commission’s proposal, the sales tax rate would drop from 6 percent to 4.5 percent, and the tax would be expanded to certain goods and services that were previously exempt.

Tax reform, Part 1: Where policy meets politics

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Taxation is the third rail of politics in Vermont, regardless of which party is in power, and that fact hasn’t changed since Democrats seized control of the executive branch in November and held their majorities in the Vermont House and Senate.

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