Thank you for reading the Tax Justice Blog and Tax Justice Digest. We’re going on hiatus until Jan. 3, 2017, to recharge our brains and get into the holiday spirit with bad fruitcake and eggnog. Well, maybe not the latter two. But we will be revving up our tax analysis chops because next year we will head into one of the most significant federal tax battles in the last generation.

In the meantime, here’s our last Tax Justice Digest for 2016. 

But first, please consider supporting our work with a donation to ITEP this year.  It is more critical than ever for our research to inform tax policy debates in Washington, DC and in statehouses across the country next year.

Keep an Eye on State Estate Taxes in 2017
We know that Congress and the incoming Trump Administration have set their sights on eliminating the federal estate tax. A new ITEP research brief explains the role of state estate taxes in the 18 states that levy the tax, and a blog by ITEP policy analyst Dylan Grundman argues that states have a unique opportunity with the estate tax to ensure their tax systems are more progressive.

Governors’ Plans for State Taxes in 2017/2018
In advance of the new year, several governors have released tax and budget proposals for their states’ next two fiscal years. While these proposals are not necessarily indicative of nationwide trends we expect to see in 2017, some help to set a good example of progressive solutions to raising revenue and improving tax fairness. Read ITEP’s State Policy Fellow Misha Hill’s summary here.

ITEP Holiday Entertainment Guide
Oddly enough, we tax policy wonks have interests outside of tax policy, and in the spirit of the giving season, we’d like to share some of the podcasts, films and books we’ve enjoyed this year with you. If you have selections for us, please tweet at us @iteptweets! 

The State Rundown
This week’s rundown looks at how several states are taking the taxation of online sales into their own hands; new taxes in Philadelphia and the District of Columbia, and state budget woes in Oklahoma, Alaska, and Virginia. Read more