sales tax

Sales Tax in NH – A Constitutional & NH House take on S. Dakota vs Wayfair SCOTUS decision

by Dan Itse August 14, 2018

Recently, the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) handed down an opinion in the South Dakota versus Wayfair (SD v Wayfair). The South Dakota Legislature had passed a law that enabled South Dakota to go after taxes on purchases citizens had made from Wayfair. The S. D. Supreme Court held that the law was […]

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Keith Erf – candidate for NH State House, Hillsborough County 2 (Weare/Deering)

by Op-Ed August 7, 2018

I’m Keith Erf, candidate for state representative in Weare and Deering. I’m running for State representative to champion limited government. I’ve lived in Weare for 37 years. My wife, Louisa, and I raised four children here where they attended Weare schools. I started my business, KyTek, in 1991 developing automated systems for the publishing industry. As […]

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Why New Hampshire’s ‘hurried’ Internet Sales Tax Solution Had to Die

by Steve MacDonald August 2, 2018

The recent scramble to “do something” after the Wayfair decision said states could tax internet sales was big news. When the New Hampshire House killed the ‘bipartisan’ draft language that was big news. What should be even bigger news is that the language the committee used to draft the proposed legislation could hand some measure of “tax administration […]

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Bill Charges States Who Try To Tell New Hampshire Businesses To Collect Their Taxes

by Steve MacDonald July 21, 2018

If you are one of those 45 states that are not New Hampshire that may ask a business based here (with no presence there) to collect your sales taxes for you prepare to pay the price. Literally. For starters, any taxing jurisdiction, before they can approach a New Hampshire business and say, “I think you have […]

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Picking “Internet” Nits…

by Steve MacDonald July 20, 2018

A legislative committee met to iron out a remedy to the Wayfair Decision. That Supreme Court ruling could require New Hampshire businesses to collect and remit taxes for other states. No one, regardless of party, seems to want that at least and until New Hampshire Democrats find a way to institute a tax they could […]

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Senator Shaheen’s Selective Defense Of Small Business Owners

by Steve MacDonald April 16, 2018

New Hampshire’s Congressional delegation is unified in its defense of the Granite State from efforts to make online purchases taxable. Their primary objection, and I’ll use Senator Shaheen as my whipping donkey for this, is the burden it puts on small business owners. As a former small business owner, I know that most small businesses […]

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Did New Hampshire’s Civil Engineers Just Ask for a Sales or Income Tax?

by Steve MacDonald April 5, 2017

New Hampshire’s local coven of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE-NH) gave the state a C- on ‘infrastructure.’ The grade was determined by a team of professional engineers from across New Hampshire who assessed 12 categories of infrastructure. And they found that much of the state’s infrastructure requires investment and upgrades to keep up with […]

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Chuck Morse – “our voting crap don’t stink” (parapharsed)

by Skip November 29, 2016

Republican State Senator Chuck Morse is irritated.  My, my, the person who blessed implementing Obamacare’s Medicaid Expansion here in NH allowing grown able-bodied men to sponge off the rest of us, is upset.  And he doesn’t like it at all.  Piqued?  Surely.  Angered?  I just wish I was there with camera in hand to catch […]

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NH State Senator Jeanie Forrester just announced her candidacy for NH Governor; I have a question you won’t like at all

by Skip March 30, 2016

Given this and the Fiscal Note for the cost of continuing Obamacare’s Medicaid Expansion (look at that $47 million dollars/Net General Fund Share) you helped put the State on the hook for: I have a question for you, Jeanie Forrester, now that you have announced for Governorship run.

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So – Who Voted For A NH Sales Tax?

by Steve MacDonald March 26, 2015
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On March 11th, HB 673 made it’s way to the floor of the New Hampshire House.  The legislation has one sponsor, Rep Gilman Shattuck, (D-Hillsborough 1). It would impose a sales tax, a use tax, most certainly require DRA to expand at taxpayer cost to manage it all, and add costs to business owners who […]

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GrokTALK! Legislative Round Up

by Steve MacDonald March 25, 2015
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Max walks us through some legislation, including Poker, a bill to control abuses by child and family services, who voted for a 2.25% state sales tax, the Judiciary committee bailing on oversight over the judicial system, a tax on marriage to fund a domestic violence program, and the rhetoric on cutting expansions to the budget. […]

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GrokTALK! Legislative Round Up

by Steve MacDonald March 25, 2015

Max walks us through some legislation, including Poker, a bill to control abuses by child and family services, who voted for a 2.25% state sales tax, the Judiciary committee bailing on oversight over the judicial system, a tax on marriage to fund a domestic violence program, and the rhetoric on cutting expansions to the budget, […]

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Strong Reliance on Property Taxes Still A Winner For New Hampshire

by Steve MacDonald April 9, 2014
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I have long remarked on how the relying on property taxes keeps the total tax burden down because when you see the taxes you pay in a lump sum (or two lump sums) you are more likely to inquire as to why you are paying that much and to what end.  This ‘interest’ in the […]

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On Not being California…

by Steve MacDonald August 19, 2012

New Hampshire is not California.  We are not California because with the exception of 2007-2010, we try to avoid letting Democrats run the entire state government.  (We’re also not Massachusetts for that same reason.)  And this is good, because while Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick has now implemented “cost controls” for Healthcare providers in his state, […]

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About That “No Tax Pledge” Candidate Hassan…

by Steve MacDonald July 15, 2012

It’s a well regarded fact that Democrat Candidate Maggie “The Red” Hassan, early in her candidacy for Governor of New Hampshire, took a Pledge to veto any sales or Income tax.  This is something of an election year tradition.  Democrats who have been trying to raise old taxes or pass new taxes for years find […]

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Granite State Fair Tax Spins And Spins And Spins

by Steve MacDonald March 16, 2011

To sell you on this Utopian elixir of piss, GSFTC argues that New Hampshire’s property taxes favor the rich, and most recently have sent out a pile of nonsense with some misleading graphs, through Fernald’s email list to make the sale. But as usual it is spun upside down and backwards and ignores one very unassailable fact. New Hampshire has one of the lowest overall tax burdens in the nation because it relies on property taxes.

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