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In this edition of The Heartland Daily Podcast, managing editor Jesse Hathaway is joined by Tax Foundation policy analyst Jared Walczak. Walczak joins Hathaway to discuss the results of the 12th annual State Business Tax Climate Index report – A state-by-state, apples-to-apples comparison of states’ tax systems, the Climate Index helps Index helps lawmakers and taxpayers gauge how their states’ tax systems stack up against those in other states. Instead of just showing how much taxes each states collect from taxpayers, the Climate Index shows how well states’ tax collection systems are designed.
According to Walczak, states with tax systems designed to pick winners and losers, or states with high taxation rates perform poorly, and states with neutral tax systems with low and broad tax rates are better for businesses and taxpayers alike. Some of the states with the best tax codes don’t have one of the major kinds of taxes; like the corporate income tax, the individual income tax, or the sales tax; but highly-ranked states like Indiana or Utah do have those taxes… they just do it in a fair and neutral manner.