Taxes & Revenue


Information regarding state tax policy and recent revenue performance. State revenue is generated through a variety of sources, including both general fund taxes and other taxes and fees earmarked for special purposes or specific funds. Personal income and sales taxes comprise nearly 75 percent of general fund revenue.  State revenues have begun to recover from the economic downturn, although forecasted fiscal 2012 revenue collections remain well below peak levels witnessed in fiscal 2008.

Staff Contact: Brian Sigritz

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  • State fiscal conditions in fiscal 2013 are modestly recovering in step with the slowly improving national economy. General fund spending levels are expected to increase by 2.2 percent this fiscal year, which is less than half their historical average growth rate. Signs of budget volatility have subsided compared to the years immediately following the recession, and fiscal conditions in most states reflect continued fiscal stability.
  • State fiscal conditions are continuing to improve into fiscal 2013, although many state budgets are not fully back to prerecession levels. This report finds that governors’ recommended budgets show an overall increase in both general fund expenditures and revenues in fiscal 2013. Fiscal trends indicate that while
  • The rise of internet sales and electronic commerce over the past fifteen years has prompted states and Congress to reconsider the issue of remote sales tax collection. After years of inaction on the issue, Congress now has three similar, though importantly distinct legislative proposals under consideration in both the House and Senate that would require out-of-state retailers to collect and remit sales taxes.

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