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Minnesota Moves Ahead: Tax Fairness in the 50 States

Minnesota Moves Ahead: Tax Fairness in the 50 States

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Over the course of the last decade, state and local taxes in Minnesota became increasingly regressive, meaning that a growing share of taxes were paid by low- and middle-income residents and an shrinking share was paid by those at the top of the income ladder. Now thanks to the powerfully progressive tax act of 2013 that trend has been reversed.
Over the course of the last decade, state and local taxes in Minnesota became increasingly regressive, meaning that a growing share of taxes were paid by low- and middle-income residents and an shrinking share was paid by those at the top of the income ladder. Now thanks to the powerfully progressive tax act of 2013 that trend has been reversed.

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Published by: Minnesota 2020 on May 28, 2014
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Minnesota 2020
2324 University Avenue West, Suite 204, Saint Paul, MN 55114 www.mn2020.orgEditing: Joe Sheeran Design & Layout: Rachel Weeks
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
Executive Summary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3I. Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7
Why Tax Regressivity is ImportantInformation on State and Local Tax System Regressivity
Eective Tax Rates
Measuring Regressivity: The Suits IndexMore About ITEP’s “Who Pays?” Reports
II. Tax Regressivity in Minnesota . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .14
Eective Tax Rates by Income GroupsDierences Between Minnesota Suits Indices Based on ITEP and MTIS Data
III. Regressivity in the Fifty States. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .17
Suits Indices in the Fifty States
IV. Factors Aecting Tax Regressivity in 2010
 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .20
Factors Aecting the Degree of Tax Regressivity
V. Factors Aecting Change in Tax Regressivity from 2000 to 2010
 . . . . . . . . . . . . . .23
Factors Aecting Change in Tax Regressivity Over TimeChanges in Minnesota Tax Regressivity
VI. Impact of the 2013 Tax Act on Regressivity . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .27
Adjusting Minnesota’s Suits Index for the Eects of the 2013 Tax Act
VII. Conclusion
 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .30
Factors Aecting the Change in Regressivity Among States
The Role of Tax Policy Decisions in Shaping RegressivityRegressivity in Minnesota
Reduced Regressivity in the Context of Other Tax System GoalsRegressivity and Perceptions of Government Growth
Economic ArgumentsMoral Arguments

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