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Silver Lining in the Tanning Tax

U.S. taxpayers are under siege as the Obama administration and Congress cook up "creative" ways to generate revenue that can pay for our expanding platter of social entitlements. Excise taxes generate billions for the government to spend. The new 10 percent tanning services tax being introduced...

State Net Capitol Journal -- February 20th, 2012

Budget & Taxes SODA TAXES FIZZLE: Two years ago, when concern over obesity, especially among children, had states from California to New York debating excise taxes on soft drinks, it appeared as though they might become the new sin taxes of choice and follow the pattern of alcohol and cigarette taxes...

State Net Capitol Journal -- February 20th, 2012

Budget & Taxes SODA TAXES FIZZLE: Two years ago, when concern over obesity, especially among children, had states from California to New York debating excise taxes on soft drinks, it appeared as though they might become the new sin taxes of choice and follow the pattern of alcohol and cigarette taxes...

More Nanny Taxes

I keep hearing more and more state legislators talk about imposing taxes on "violent video games." It reminded me of an article I wrote earlier this year about such proposals. Back in February, bored Oklahoma lawmakers took a break from playing checkers and talking about OU football to make...

Pancho Villa and Three Hundred Million Joints

As everyone knows, Colorado recently legalized marijuana ... Here are some cool facts about pot in Colorado. The Colorado Futures Center estimates that demand for marijuana will hit 2,268,985 ounces a year... about 70 million grams. If you can roll five joints per gram, we are talking about three...

Federal and State Tobacco Taxes - On Fire or Just Smoking?

by Daniel G. Mudd * Editor's Note: The following is abridged from a feature article appearing in the March 2014 edition of the Lexis® Federal Tax Journal Quarterly . ** § 3.01 Introduction For those in the business, manufacturers, wholesalers, distributors, importers, dealers and...