State Income Tax Preferences for the Elderly
51 Pages Posted: 30 May 2007
Date Written: April 2007
This research investigates the evolution of state income tax preferences for the elderly over the last 25 years. Documenting how various types of income tax preferences have changed reveals that state tax policies are not simply mimicking federal tax law. It also shows a divergence in how the different types of state preferences have evolved. We therefore construct a summary measure using representative household profiles created from the Current Population Survey and the TAXSIM calculator for the period 1977-2002. Both our descriptive and econometric analyses point to state tax competition as a likely explanation for the recent patterns in state income tax preferences for the elderly.
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