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Testimony before the Commission to Study Business Taxes

February 6, 2012 State Tax Policy
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The legislative Commission to Study Business Taxes met Monday, February 6, to receive public input on its draft report recommending changes to New Hampshire’s tax system. Taken together, the recommendations would mean a substantial revenue loss for the state. Had the recommendations been in place for the current biennium, they would have reduced state revenue by a conservative estimate of $100 million. This kind of revenue loss would likely require major cuts to public services, including infrastructure and education that are critical to attracting new businesses. NHFPI Executive Director Jeff McLynch testified that the proposals may hurt economic growth, not help.

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Testimony Regarding Education Tax Credits

January 23, 2012 Research, State Tax Policy

Proposed legislation to create a tax credit for businesses that contribute to private scholarship funds would be costly for state officials to implement and would divert scarce public resources to private interests. In particular, state aid to public schools would likely be cut even though there is no evidence students receiving subsidies to attend non-public schools do any better than their public school peers. NHFPI Executive Director Jeff McLynch urged the House Ways and Means committee to oppose these tax credits aimed at helping students attending private, religious or home schools.

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Tobacco Tax Cut Likely to Lose Millions in Revenue, Leave FY12-13 Budget Out of Balance

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House and Senate lawmakers agreed to reduce the state’s cigarette tax by 10 cents per pack and lower taxes on other tobacco products as part of the two-year budget starting July 1. Based on the latest data available from state revenue officials, this is likely to reduce tax revenue by at least $14 million to $30 million. It now appears that budget negotiators failed to account for any such revenue loss, meaning that the budget for the coming biennium will likely end up out of balance.

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Unsettled Business Tax Revenues Push Surplus Upward, Offer Limited Insight for the Future

7 Dec 2018

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The fortunes of State revenues continue to rise and fall with New Hampshire’s two primary business taxes, which provided positive signs for near-term revenue but have not shown these levels are sustainable. While the two business taxes remained healthy, other revenue sources were relatively flat overall, leaving the State with a revenue surplus entirely dependent on the two business taxes. The lack of growth in other revenue sources combined with the uncertainty around business taxes creates an environment in which it will be very difficult to accurately project revenues for the new State Budget biennium.