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Tax panel wraps up its work with no definitive outcome

The Legislature’s Tax Working Group has wrapped up its work with no definitive outcome. “At least the members of the committee got an education on some of the history and why tax policy is the way it is,” said Sen. Steve Vick, R-Dalton Gardens. “I...

Lawmakers: Long-term vision needed on tax policy

The Legislature’s Tax Working Group is back in session, to discuss four proposed tax-cut bills. “These are just drafts. We’re not here to finalize a piece of legislation,” said Co-Chair Rep. Gary Collins, R-Nampa. “We’re not here to take any votes, per se, on anything....

Testimony: ‘Benefits are highest at the top of the income spectrum’

Lauren Necochea, director of the Idaho Center for Fiscal Policy, told lawmakers on the Tax Working Group this morning that the proposed cut to the top personal income tax rate from 7.4 percent to 7.3 percent would benefit wealthier Idahoans. “Not surprisingly, the benefits are...

Light turnout for Tax Working Group hearing on tax cut bills

There’s a very light turnout for today’s Tax Working Group hearing on four tax-cut bills; there are only about a dozen people in the audience at the Lincoln Auditorium. “We thought we might have a little bit bigger crowd today, but I’m sure there are...

Taxes, complications, fairness, and budgets…

As the Idaho Legislature’s Tax Working Group continues meeting today, it’s hearing continued presentations; you can listen live here. A panel of CPAs focused on some specific complications in the Idaho income tax code, in which it departs from federal law; Suzanne Budge, lobbyist for...