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An Overview of New Hampshire’s Tax System

December 17, 2010 State Tax Policy
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A look at some of the trends in tax collections over the past decade with a brief description of each of the state’s eight major sources of tax revenue — highlighting some of the characteristics that can help guide policymakers in devising a response to the fiscal challenges now before New Hampshire.

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New Hampshire Taxes Remain Comparatively Low, Slow Growing

August 26, 2010 State Tax Policy
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New Hampshire has long been portrayed as a low tax state, due in large measure to the absence of broad-based sales and income taxes. Census Bureau data released last month generally affirm that portrayal, revealing that, relative to the size of its economy, New Hampshire has nearly the lowest level of combined state and local taxes in the nation.

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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.