Taxes

Vermont's current use program allows working forest and agricultrual land to be taxed at a much lower rate.
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In 1980, the state rolled out a program that would allow agricultural and forest land to be taxed for its use rather than its market value. The current use program has gone through some changes over its almost-four-decade life. Vermont Edition explains the complexities of current use.

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A coalition of 40 nonprofit groups says a proposed cap on tax credits for charitable contributions will have a devastating impact on their ability to offer services to Vermonters.

Commissioner of Taxes Kaj Samsom, Secretary of Administration Susanne Young and Commissioner of Finance Adam Greshin, from left, walk reporters through a proposed tax overhaul that they say will avoid a $30 million tax hike on Vermonters this year.
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The administration of Gov. Phil Scott unveiled a proposed income tax overhaul Friday that it says will protect middle-class Vermonters from an otherwise significant tax hike in 2018.

Looking up at the golden dome of the Vermont Statehouse on a cloudy day.
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Citizen legislators from across Vermont return to the Statehouse Wednesday morning for the second half of the legislative biennium, and many lawmakers are preparing for an unusually busy year in Montpelier.

Vermont Statehouse dome on a cloudy day.
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State revenues are the life blood of Vermont government, but projecting just how much money will be coming into state coffers next year could be more difficult than usual.

Accountants say the federal tax overhaul could not only change your tax bill, but also influence the choices homeowners, nonprofits, and businesses make.
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A major overhaul to how our country collects taxes has passed through Congress and now awaits the President's signature to become law. What does it mean for Vermont taxpayers? Vermont Edition dives into the details of the new tax plan with an accountant and the state tax commissioner.

A coalition of 40 nonprofit organizations is urging lawmakers not to cap tax credits for charitable contributions
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Vermont's two U.S. senators, Bernie Sanders and Patrick Leahy, are hoping to persuade several Republican senators to vote against the GOP tax bill, but they admit it will be an uphill battle.

Gov. Phil Scott has unveiled a plan to stabilize property tax rates this year through the use of 58 million dollars in one time money.
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Governor Phil Scott says he has grave concerns about the two Republican tax bills being considered in Congress.

Gov. Phil Scott says it would be possible to avoid a statewide property tax increase by mandating a higher student to staff ratio
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Lawmakers are facing a situation in 2018 that they usually try to avoid: supporting a significant increase in the state's property tax rate in an election year.

Rep. Peter Welch wants House Republican leaders to hold a vote on several gun control proposals
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All three members of Vermont's Congressional delegation say a new Republican tax plan in Washington will provide wealthy Americans with a huge tax cut while raising taxes on some middle income people.

The exterior of the Vermont Statehouse in Montpelier on a blue-sky day.
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The idea of a tax on gasoline and heating oil is politically fraught, to say the least, but one Vermont business group says it’s time for elected officials to embrace the carbon tax.

Rep. Peter Welch wants House Republican leaders to hold a vote on several gun control proposals
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All three members of Vermont's Congressional delegation say they'll oppose President Trump's tax plan because it favors the richest Americans.

Talking Taxes

Feb 3, 2017
Golden dome of the Vermont Statehouse on a cloudy day.
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With the Legislature back in session, it's open season to discuss taxes. And there are many tax issues to talk about.

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Matt Dunne is one of three Democratic candidates for governor heading into the primary, and he joined Vermont Edition for a one-on-one discussion.

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Peter Galbraith, a Democratic candidate for governor, joined Vermont Edition on Monday for a one-on-one conversation. This interview is part of VPR’s "Meet the Candidates" series, where we will address a range of topics, but also want each participating candidate’s thoughts on four specific issues: gun control, taxes, marijuana legalization and health care.

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Vermont U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders finally released his full 2014 tax returns Friday evening, following pressure from his rival for the Democratic presidential nomination and a wave of media criticism.

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The House has given its preliminary approval to a $33 million tax bill that's part of an overall plan to reduce the state's $110 million dollar budget gap.

Taking On Taxes

Feb 27, 2015
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Governor Shumlin's plan to impose a payroll tax on all businesses to boost Medicaid reimbursement rates is getting a very lukewarm reception at the Statehouse. There's also been talk of other potential revenue sources like changes in the income tax, the gas tax and the rooms and meals tax.

How Sweet The Tax?

Feb 13, 2015
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A coalition of Vermonters has once again asked the Vermont legislature to take up the issue of adding a tax on sugar-sweetened beverages. They want to see two cents added to the cost of every ounce of soda.

Gov. Peter Shumlin says his plan to reduce the Medicaid cost shift would cut health care costs at public schools. But school boards worry Shumlin’s proposal might instead put upward pressure on property taxes.

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