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Monday, October 6, 2014

DC Broadens Sales Tax Base for Good Tax Policy

In May, DC's Tax Revision Commission released its final report after hearing from experts and studying DC's tax issues. In July, changes from the report were enacted! That is amazing. Typically, reports of tax commissions sit on shelves.

Included in sales tax reform was base broadening to include some services mostly used by consumers and ones people won't obtain via e-commerce or by traveling out of state (although hair salons were not included in the final legislation, but in the commission recommendations). Instead of lowering the sales tax rate, they kept it where it is (1/4 point lower than Virginia and Maryland) and lowered individual income taxes.

For the details, please see my post at

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