Sin Taxes: Cigarettes

Revenue, abstinence…or maybe neither? Our story starts in New York State. Recognizing the health risks of cigarettes and the potential for generating revenue, New York State levied one of the hi…

Amazon vs. California

According to the Seattle Times, in 1996, Amazon’s CEO, Jeff Bezos said, “You have to charge sales tax to customers who live in any state where you have a business presence. It made no sens…

A High, Low, or No Soda Tax?

States debating a tax on soda have to decide whether they want to raise revenue or diminish obesity. If a sales tax on soda is not very high, people will continue buying sugary drinks. The result? The…

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