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SENATE DOCKET, NO. 1154         FILED ON: 1/20/2011

SENATE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 1447

 

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts

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PRESENTED BY:

James B. Eldridge

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To the Honorable Senate and House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in General
              Court assembled:

              The undersigned legislators and/or citizens respectfully petition for the adoption of the accompanying bill:

An Act establishing biannual tax incidence reports.

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PETITION OF:

 

Name:

District/Address:

James B. Eldridge

 

Carl M. Sciortino, Jr.

34th Middlesex

William N. Brownsberger

 

Sheila C. Harrington

1st Middlesex


SENATE DOCKET, NO. 1154        FILED ON: 1/20/2011

SENATE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 1447

By Mr. Eldridge, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 1447) of James B. Eldridge, Carl M. Sciortino, Jr., William N. Brownsberger and Sheila C. Harrington for legislation to establish biannual tax independence reports.  Revenue. 

 

[SIMILAR MATTER FILED IN PREVIOUS SESSION
SEE SENATE, NO. 1265 OF 2009-2010.]


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts
 

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In the Year Two Thousand Eleven

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An Act establishing biannual tax incidence reports.
 

              Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:
 

                              SECTION 1. Chapter 14 of the General Laws is hereby amended by adding the following section:-

                              Section 12.  The commissioners of revenue shall report to the general court by March 1 of each odd-numbered year on the overall incidence of the income tax, sales and excise taxes, and property tax.  The report shall present information on the distribution of the tax burden (1) for the overall  income distribution, using a system wide incidence measure such as the Suits index or other appropriate measures of equality and inequality, (2) by income classes, including at a minimum deciles of the income distribution , and (3 by other appropriate taxpayer characteristics.

                              At the request of the chairs of the joint committee on taxation, the commissioner shall prepare an incidence impact analysis of a bill or a proposal to change the tax system which increases, decreases, or redistributes taxes by more than $20,000,000.  To the extent data is available on the changes in the distribution of the tax burden  that are affected by the bill or proposal, the analysis shall report on the incidence effects that would result if the bill were enacted.  The report may present information using system wide measures, such as Suits or other similar indexes, by income classes, taxpayer characteristics, or other relevant categories.  The report may include analyses of the effect of the bill or proposal on representative taxpayers.  The analysis must include a statement of the incidence assumptions that were used in computing the burdens.

                              The incident analysis shall use the broadest measure of economic income for which reliable data is available.

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