Category Taxation in North America

Cigarette Taxes Fluctuate Widely Across USA

January 26, 2018 Taxation in USA

cigarette taxWASHINGTON D.C. – The taxes on cigarettes range widely across the USA, and the differences may be leading to smuggling.

The Tax Foundation has released the results of their new research showing the range of taxes applied across different states in the USA on the sale of cigarettes.

All cigarettes sold in the USA are subject to a state tax and a federal tax.

The federal tax for a 20-pack of cigarettes is USD 1.0066, regardless of where it is sold.

However, the taxes levied by each individual state authority varies widely.

New York state and Connecticut levy the highest rate of tax, at USD 4.35 per pack, followed by Rhode Island, Massachusetts, and Hawaii, at USD 4.25, USD 3.51, and USD 3.20 respectively.

Conversely, North Dakota, Georgia, and Virginia have the lowest tax rates at USD 0...

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Trump Enacts New Solar Tax

January 24, 2018 Taxation in USA

Solar tariffWASHINGTON D.C. – President Trump has made a move which will see a hike in price for solar panels and other solar equipment.

Earlier this week the Trump administration of the USA announced that a new duty will be enacted on the import of solar panels into the country.

Solar panels and other solar equipment coming into the USA will be faced with a tariff of up to 30 percent.

Officially, the tariff is intended to encourage the growth and expansion of the domestic solar manufacturing industry.

However, while government analysis predicts that the solar tariff will help the US economy, independent analysts do not hold the same view.

Some experts believe that the measure will not lead to the creation of extra jobs, and while it may lead to a slowdown in solar adoption, it will not help review...

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Canada’s Pot Tax Will Fund Education

November 14, 2017 Taxation in Canada

Marijuana TaxOTTAWA – Canada’s tax on legal marijuana will help stamp out the illegal drug trade, while also potentially raising funds for public education about the harm caused by drugs.

On November 13th a Minister of Parliament of Canada Bill Blair called for the tax revenues from the country’s upcoming legalization of marijuana to be used to fund public education about the drug.

Under the current plan for the legalization of marijuana, the federal government intends to levy a tax on the sale of marijuana, with a rate of 10 percent of the retail price of marijuana or CAD 1 per gram, whichever is higher.

It is believed that the tax could garner tax revenues of as much as CAD 1 billion per year.

The MP claims that the government has a responsibility now of ensuring that Canadians know and underst...

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Slashing Taxes Improves States’ Business Environments

October 19, 2017 Taxation in USA

US state taxesWASHINGTON D.C. – Dropping taxes or keeping rates low is the key to having the best business environment in the USA, say researchers.

On October 17th the US think tank, the Tax Foundation, released its annual State Business Tax Climate Index.

The Index is designed to show how each state compares in terms of the taxes applied to businesses, their incomes, to property ownership, or employee salaries.

The top 10 states were Wyoming, South Dakota, Alaska, Florida, Nevada, Montana, New Hampshire, Utah, Indiana, and Oregon.

The lowest 10 states were Rhode Island, Louisiana, Maryland, Connecticut, Ohio, Minnesota, Vermont, California, New York, and New Jersey.

Researchers at the Tax Foundation noted that a common element among the top-ranked states was the absence of a major tax, such as corpor...

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Canada Cuts Business Tax

October 18, 2017 Taxation in Canada

Small business in CanadaOTTAWA – Small businesses in Canada will see their tax bill slashed significantly in the years to come, as the government sets out to let them “keep more of their hard-earned money”.

The government of Canada has announced that it will be dropping the rate of income tax to be paid by small businesses, making the rate the lowest in the G7.

From January 1st 2018 the rate of income tax paid by small businesses will drop to 10.5 percent.

Further, one year later the rate will be dropped to an even lower 9.5 percent.

It is expected that the two measures together will result in tax savings of as much as CAD 2.9 billion for small businesses over the 2022 year.

When combined with the provincial taxes which will also be paid by small businesses, the tax rate will average out to a level of 12...

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