Category: taxation

Local Budget Pressures are Real. So Why Don’t Cities Just Raise Taxes?

The toll of the current public health crisis continues to unfold on municipal budgets with revenue shortfalls anticipated to near $360 billion over the next three years. These shortfalls are impacting families and local economies nationwide as cities respond with tough decisions to furlough or even lay off dedicated staff and cut investments in critical

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How to Integrate EITC Work with 2020 Census Participation

The 2020 Census is a pivotal event for every city in the country. Billions of federal dollars and hundreds of programs from Medicaid to special education and school lunches depend at least in part on the Census count. A robust and accurate count in urban areas often depends on local government and non-profits’ ability to

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Help Your Residents Get the Tax Credits They Deserve

The National League of Cities (NLC) would like to help your city celebrate the annual Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) Awareness Day on January 31. City leaders can take advantage of this opportunity to ensure their qualified residents receive the highest tax credits possible with NLC’s updated EITC in Cities toolkit. With these sample social

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For First Time in Seven Years, Cities Anticipate Revenue Decline

By Liz Farmer, fiscal policy expert and journalist In the Los Angeles suburb of Bellflower, California, officials are getting the city budget ready for a slowdown by tightening spending and beefing up reserves. For the past five months, the state’s fiscal health index has been trending downward, a shift that Mayor Pro Tem Juan Garza

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Help Your Gig Workers File Their Taxes Right

The sharing economy, also commonly referred to as collaborative consumption, the collaborative economy, the gig economy or the peer-to-peer economy, has been a growing phenomenon in the United States job market. This relatively new trend is made up of contractors and freelancers, who are independent from the company that they work for. This line of

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Help Your Residents Get the Tax Returns They Deserve

Roughly 20 percent of eligible taxpayers don’t claim the federal Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) when they file their yearly taxes. That means many of your residents are leaving money on the table at tax time – money they can use to stabilize their family budgets and boost the local economy. The National League of

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Cities’ VITA Programs Help Put Tax Refunds in Residents Pockets

Families in your community, like most in the country, work hard just to make ends meet. For many, the money that they receive after filing their taxes is the largest single infusion of cash into their family budget. In 2017, 27 million qualified workers and families received over $65 billion in Earned Income Tax Credit

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What Justice Kennedy Meant to Cities

As of July 30, the last day of this year’s historic Supreme Court session, Justice Anthony Kennedy is retired. For states and local governments, he will be forever remembered — not least as the justice who championed allowing online sales tax collection. In March 2015, Justice Kennedy wrote that the “legal system should find an

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For Smart Cities, Blockchain Technology Opens New Possibilities

Today, Americans have supercomputers in their pockets, on their wrists, in their cars and in their home appliances. Internet usage is at an all-time high, with 89 percent of the population having access in 2018 — compared to 52 percent in 2000. According to the Pew Research Center, nearly 90 percent of American adults have

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What City Leaders Should Know about South Dakota v. Wayfair

On Thursday, in a 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court handed down a major victory in South Dakota v. Wayfair, concluding that state and local governments can require remote retailers with no physical presence in the state to collect and remit sales taxes. After years of congressional inaction, the decision brings cities one significant step closer

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