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The State of State Taxes


Cost Free
Presentation Length 1.0 hour

Recorded DateJuly 23, 2021
CPE:Not available
(archived webinars do not offer CPE credits)
Subject AreaTaxes (Sales Tax)
Course LevelBasic
Course Description

States have long relied on tax revenues to fuel their budgets. However, those revenues were unexpectedly stretched thin in 2020 when the government shut down large parts of the economy to stop the spread of COVID-19. While many state budgets have fared better since then, state leaders have been closely examining existing tax policies and considering changes to mitigate any shortfalls.

To better understand the fiscal situation in each state and the state policies under consideration, Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center, funded by Avalara, conducted a survey of state government officials. Watch this webinar to hear some of the key takeaways from the survey, including a detailed look at revenue growth (or decline) by state and an overview of the potential shifts in tax policy that may impact business.

You'll want to check out this overview of the state of state taxes as the pandemic continues to influence our economy for the foreseeable future.

Learning Objectives:

  • Recall state-by-state revenue trends during the pandemic, and future forecasts

  • Identify plans for general sales and excise tax base changes

  • Identify changes that may be in store for economic nexus laws and the taxation of online purchases

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Scott Peterson

Vice President of U.S. Tax Policy and Government Relations
(615) 598-4337


Scott Peterson is Avalara’s Vice President of U.S. Tax Policy and Government Relations. Prior to Avalara, he was the first Executive Director of the Streamlined Sales Tax Governing Board—an organization devoted to making sales tax more straightforward and more uniform for the benefit of businesses. Scott also spent 10 years as the Director of the South Dakota Sales Tax Division and 12 years providing research and legal writing for the South Dakota Legislature.

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