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Chamber Continues Push for E-Cigarette Tax

The prospects of an e-cigarette tax became unclear this week when a second reading amendment turned HB 1444 (Taxation of Electronic Cigarettes), authored by Rep. Tim Brown (R-Crawfordsville), into a summer study committee. The measure subsequently passed the full Senate 45-2. It appears senators chose to listen to those lobbying on behalf of the Juul vape product and convenience [...]

2019-04-19T13:49:51-04:00April 19th, 2019|

Worker’s Comp Benefit Increase Seems Dead; E-Cigarette Tax and Wage Assignment Bills on Hold; Substance Misuse Program Follow-up

House Bill 1182 (Worker’s Compensation), authored by Rep. Matt Lehman (R-Berne), achieved final passage this week with a successful concurrence vote along party lines, 65-29. This Chamber-supported bill does two important things: 1) clarifies who is responsible for worker’s compensation for volunteer firefighters (it’s not employers but the fire department); and 2) increases the burial amount an employer must [...]

2019-04-05T13:02:01-04:00April 5th, 2019|

Business Personal Property Tax ‘De Minimus’ Exemption Moves on Without Substantial Amendment

Senate Bill 233 – Business Personal Property Tax Exemption Authored by Sen. Aaron Freeman (R-Indianapolis) This bill increases the acquisition cost threshold for the business personal property tax exemption from $20,000 to $40,000. Chamber Position: Support The Latest: Passed the House Ways and Means Committee 16-7. Chamber Action/Commentary: This bill received a hearing earlier this month, but the committee chair held [...]

2019-03-29T12:42:08-04:00March 29th, 2019|

Amendment Discussed to Upgrade of Business Personal Property Tax Exemption

Senate Bill 233 – Business Personal Property Tax Exemption Authored by Sen. Aaron Freeman (R-Indianapolis) This bill increases the acquisition cost threshold for the business personal property tax exemption from $20,000 to $40,000. Chamber Position: Support The Latest: Heard by the House Ways and Means Committee on Wednesday; held pending consideration of a potential amendment. Indiana Chamber Action/Commentary: This [...]

2019-03-08T12:51:15-04:00March 8th, 2019|

Revisions Called for in Department of Revenue Bill; Administrative Law Judge ‘Pool’ Bill Refined; More Movies Coming to Indiana?

Senate Bill 565 – Department of State Revenue Authored by Sen. Travis Holdman (R-Markle) Contains numerous changes to the administrative procedures governing the operations of the department of revenue. Full details. Chamber Position: Support in Part/Oppose in Part The Latest: Passed the Senate Tax and Fiscal Policy Committee and now headed to the Senate floor for consideration. Chamber Action/Commentary: This is [...]

2019-02-15T14:28:25-04:00February 15th, 2019|

Top Story: Chamber Supports E-Cigarette Tax in Testimony, Pushes for Cigarette Tax Increase

House Bill 1444 – Taxation of E-Liquids Authored by Rep. Tim Brown (R-Crawfordsville) This bill imposes a tax on e-liquids that contain nicotine at a rate of $0.08 per milliliter of consumable product, with the revenue going to the state’s general fund. Chamber Position: Support The Latest: Held by the House Ways and Means Committee for a later vote. [...]

2019-02-01T13:21:00-04:00February 1st, 2019|

Senate Bill Expands Business Personal Property Tax ‘De Minimus’ Exemption 

Senate Bill 233 – Business Personal Property Tax Exemption Authored by Sen. Aaron Freeman (R-Indianapolis) This bill increases, from $20,000 to $40,000, the acquisition cost threshold for the business personal property tax exemption. Chamber Position: Support The Latest: Amended and passed by the Tax and Fiscal Policy Committee 12-0 on Tuesday. Chamber Action/Commentary: The Indiana Chamber played a key [...]

2019-01-25T13:17:05-04:00January 25th, 2019|

Chamber’s Annual Legislative Preview With Caucus Leaders Set for November 19

(INDIANAPOLIS) — Hoosiers can get a sneak peek of the upcoming General Assembly session at the Indiana Chamber of Commerce’s Legislative Preview on November 19. At the event, sponsored by Ice Miller LLP, the four caucus leaders are slated to participate in a question and answer session on how they see the 2019 session playing out. In addition, the Indiana [...]

2018-10-15T10:02:00-04:00October 15th, 2018|

Labor Relations: DWD Delivers Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund Update

The Indiana Department of Workforce Development (DWD) recently presented an unemployment insurance (UI) trust fund update to the Interim Study Committee on Labor and Employment. DWD reminded the committee that structural changes were made to the system in 2011, that Schedule E ratings are mandated through 2020 and that the federal loan was paid off in June of 2016.  [...]

2018-09-28T12:34:20-04:00September 28th, 2018|

Taxation: Indiana DOR Announces Partnership With Fast Enterprises

The Indiana Department of Revenue (DOR) has partnered with FAST Enterprises, LLC to take Indiana to the next level in state tax administration. This partnership will provide Indiana with an entirely new, state-of-the-art technology system for DOR’s customers to file tax returns, make payments, view and manage their business and individual tax accounts. Legislation passed in 2017 allocated funding [...]

2018-09-28T11:38:58-04:00September 28th, 2018|