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House Republicans propose cigarette tax hike to fund budget

By Shelby Mullis TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Hoosiers could soon pay $1 more for every pack of cigarettes they purchase if Indiana House Republicans move forward with their proposed biennial state budget. Rep. Tim Brown, R-Crawfordsville, unveiled the $31 billion budget Wednesday, with a cigarette tax hike that would provide the state with an additional $287 […]

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Sales tax proposed for out-of-state merchants

By Ashley Steeb TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Out-of-state retailers who do business in Indiana will be required to collect a tax from their customers making online purchases from them. Senate Bill 545 passed the Senate by a 42-1 vote, with only Sen. Jim Buck, R-Kokomo, dissenting. Specifically, the bill requires retail merchants outside of Indiana to […]

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State expects less revenue in 2017 than originally forecast

By Adrianna Pitrelli TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — The General Assembly will have less money to work with in the upcoming fiscal year than they previously planned. “The committee has lowered the fiscal year 2017 forecast by nearly $300 million as compared to the December ’15 forecast,” Ben Tooley, Director of Fiscal Policy for the House Republicans, […]

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State tax receipts continue to trail projections

Staff report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – State tax receipts fell below projections in September for the third straight month but remain ahead of revenue for the same period last year. During the first quarter of the fiscal year, state revenue was nearly $39 million behind estimates released in December. That’s about 1.1 percent below forecast. Individual […]

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Analysis: Expanding the sales tax on services is debate worth having

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – As Gov. Mike Pence embarks on what he says will be an effort to simply Indiana’s tax system, it’s important to consider how a sales tax on services might fit into the picture. Currently, Indiana – and the vast majority of other states – impose a sales tax on […]

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David Long goes to White House to push for sales tax law, other issues

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana Senate President Pro Tem David Long went to the White House on Thursday with a group of legislative leaders from across the nation to urge a compromise that will avoid the so-called “fiscal cliff” and push for a federal law to force online retailers to collect sales taxes. […]

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Committee passes sales tax exemption for poor Hoosiers

By Jacie Shoaf The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – The House Ways and Means Committee passed a bill Tuesday that would help low-income Hoosier families better afford their utility services. House Bill 1141 makes families who qualify for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program to be exempt from paying the 7 percent sales tax on […]

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Amazon will pay sales taxes in Indiana; Simon gives up lawsuit

By Jessica Wray The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – Starting in 2014, Hoosiers may be surprised to see an increase in their Amazon.com shopping cart total. Gov. Mitch Daniels announced Monday that the state and Amazon.com have reached an agreement for the leading web retailer to begin collecting taxes on online sales. Taxpayers are supposed to […]

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Indiana retailers call for ‘tax fairness’ on Cyber Monday

By Lesley Weidenbener The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – A new coalition of Hoosier retailers is planning to launch radio ads aimed at convincing lawmakers that Indiana should force online stores to collect sales taxes from customers. The effort – organized by the Merchants for Tax Fairness Coalition – is meant to be the grassroots piece […]