I just filed a general story about Dayton's sales tax proposal. Should be in the paper Friday
Here are some links on the tax and tax policy in general:
- The Minnesota Department of Revenue put together an informational sheet on which new services will be taxed under the plan, and how much revenue each category will generate. It's here
- Florida's legislature famously extended its state sales tax to professional services in 1987. The tax was repealed six months after it went into effect. Walter Hellerstein, a tax expert at the University of Georgia Law School who helped draft the law, wrote an account of what happened
for the National Tax Journal. It's clearly written.
- This article on the distributional fairness of sales tax
, which I'm sure you're dying to read, shows that sales tax on services is slightly less regressive** than sales tax on commodities. It includes a nice summary of what happened when Florida gave itself a sales tax on business inputs: “a tax on business inputs has a very substantial direct impact on a small number of politically astute and sophisticated taxpayers.”
- Tourists on the islands carry a heavier burden of the sales tax, because of tax pyramiding in Hawaii
. It's got the broadest sales tax on services of any state. The General Excise Tax functions just like a sales tax and it happens to work for Hawaii because the place is isolated and highly dependent on tourism.
- Recent Hawaii state tax commission report.
**regressive is a technical term for a tax that falls more heavily on the poor in proportion to their income