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    Property Tax Policy

    Ryan Tisdale

    "The property tax is the oldest major revenue source for state and local governments. At the beginning of the twentieth century, property taxes represented more than eighty percent of state and local tax revenue. While this share has diminished over times as states have introduced sales and income taxes, the property ...

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    Business Tax Credits: Useful Tools or Co …

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    In his first budget, Governor Snyder made significant changes to the tax structure in Michigan. One the major changes were a reduction in many tax incentives and the elimination of many more. The most controversial reduction was capping the Michigan Film Tax Credit at 25 million dollars. Snyder contended that Michigan ...

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    Status of Michigan Tax Expenditures and …

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    Rick Snyder promised to reinvent Michigan and run his administration like he was a "one termer". In short, Snyder was going to make controversial unpopular decisions in order make Michigan more business friendly. Some of the more controversial decisions the Snyder administration has made in the first six months are the ...

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    How Do Michigan Business Taxes Now Compa …

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    Recently, the Michigan Economic Development Association partnered with the Pure Michigan campaign in order to advertise that Michigan was a business friendly state. While this commercial paints a nice picture of our state and it is true that starting in January our business tax structure will be much more simplified, Michigan ...

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    Snyder says tax breaks need a closer loo …

    One of Rick Snyder's main economic plans during his administration is the elimination of the Michigan Business Tax, including the tax credits that are attached to it. Instead of maintaining the credits, Snyder has suggested to remove most of them from the tax code and in their place input a rigorous ...

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    Will Michigan reduce its individual tax …

    When Michigan lawmakers raised the state income tax in 2007 they promised that it was scheduled to drop in 2011. Now Governor Rick Snyder has a tough decision to make regarding this tax. He could either choose to allow the tax to drop a tenth of a percent for the next ...

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    Uncertain Future For Earned Income Tax …

    Talk of eliminating the state's Earned Income Tax Credit has proponents of the credit strongly defending their position. They say the credit is a great tool for keeping Michigan above the poverty line. The possibility of eliminating the credit was recently proposed by Michigan House Speaker Jase Bolger as a way ...

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    Snyder's Michigan Business Tax replaceme …

    Laura Evangelista

    Snyder's Michigan Business Tax replacement may help businesses, but lose revenue for state

    When Governor-elect Rick Snyder takes office Jan. 1, one of his top priorities is to replace the Michigan Business Tax with a 6 percent corporate income tax. He says this tax model will stimulate the economy and create jobs, making the state of Michigan more attractive to graduating students. Yet, economists and ...

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    MI is the 17th best "business climate" i …

    Michigan's often criticized business climate has been ranked 17th out of 50 in the Tax Foundation's 2011 State Business Tax Climate Index for the second consecutive year. The Tax Foundation is a non-partisan, non-profit think tank that is generally critical of tax increases. The index rates states based on major business ...

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    Governer's must turn tax talk into actio …

    Despite their many different policy opinions across the board, gubernatorial candidates Virg Bernero and Rick Snyder do have very similar tax policy opinions. Each wants to replace the Michigan Business Tax, each refuses to raise any other taxes, and each claims that they will figure out how to balance tax revenues ...

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    E-Commerce Taxation

    Lindsay Catherine

    Shopping online has risen greatly in the past decade. Internet purchasing has made it easier to find the lowest prices in the least amount of time, and the ease of shopping while in the comfort of your own home appeals to many people. In 2007, according to the U.S. ...

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    Conflicting Studies on Michigan Business …

    Steve Lawson

    Michigan's most pressing public policy problem is quite clearly its sluggish economy and high level of unemployment. As of April 2010, 14.1% of Michigan workers are unemployed, the highest rate of any state in the country (Detroit News, 2010). One of Governor Jennifer Granholm's primary strategies for economic growth has been ...

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    Tax Delinquency Changes Proposed to Prev …

    Dexter Slusarski

    On March 25th 2009, Democratic Representative Bert Johnson introduced an amendment to the 1893 General Tax Act. The amendment would prohibit foreclosures on homes of the elderly and handicapped for tax delinquency. The process would consist of an application filled out by the property owner that would be turned into the ...

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    The Michigan Business Tax

    Lindsay Catherine

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    The Mackinac Center's Proposal for our F …

    Lindsay Catherine

    At a time when our state has the highest unemployment rate (which seems to only be rising) at 15.2% - higher than even Puerto Rico - it begs the question, how do we fix this!?

    There have been many solutions provided from both sides of politics.

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    Michigan General Property Tax

    Jennifer Riehle

    Michigan property is taxed in two different general categories. Real property which is property that cannot be moved, such as land and infrastructures; and personal property, which can be moved and would include things such as furniture and machinery. All are considered assets and all can be taxed by a predetermined ...

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    Michigan Sales and Use Taxes

    Jenni Riehle

    In Michigan, the majority of tangible property that can be exchanged is taxed through the sales and use taxes. Both taxes are currently set at 6 percent. The 6 percent is then divided into two separate taxes. One at 4 percent that is the maximum by law in the state constitution. ...

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    Michigan Business Tax

    Diane Ivey

    The Michigan Business Tax (MBT) was signed into law by Governor Granholm on July 12, 2007, according to the Michigan Department of Treasury. The MBT imposes a 4.95 percent business income tax and a 0.8 percent modified gross recepits tax. The tax affects any Michigan citizen with "business income," not just corportations. ...

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