Tag Archives: Taxes

Another Top-10 List — Most Friendly Tax States in the U.S. Round 2

A previous blog presented the Tax Foundation’s 2016 ranking of the Best Places To Do Business based a mix of five taxes. As previously stated, “Ratings and indices, depending on assumptions, variables and weightings, will yield differing results.” You can read the Round 1 Blog on this topic at http://blog.stewart.com/stewart/category/jones-on-real-estate/ A second look at the Most …Read more

Another Top-10 List — States With the Greatest Real Estate Taxes

Governments require revenues to be able to deliver services (both necessary and discretionary) to the populace. Income taxes (corporate and personal), franchise taxes, sales taxes, value-added taxes, excise taxes, inheritance taxes, property taxes, capital gains taxes, permit fees, licensing fees, and use fees are just some of the revenue sources. Whether a state or locale …Read more

State and Local Tax Collections and Related Employment

State and local governments literally had a head-on collision with the plunging economy during the recession and many locales were pressed just to remain solvent. Jobs were cut and services were either scaled back or eliminated. Property values declined precipitously (and property tax collections fell) Companies posted declining revenues, and in many instances losses and …Read more

Another Top-10 List — Worst States for Retirement Security

As I approach the big SIX ZERO this year, retirement and related considerations are taking a place in the planning process more than any time prior. Fortunately, retirement seeds were planted decades ago in savings and tax-deferred accounts, stocks and real estate investments. As the check-out date from the workforce looms sometime within the coming …Read more