Taxes are necessary to fund core government services, but tax policy should be structured to broaden the tax base while lowering rates overall. Taxes should consume as small a portion of income as possible, should not interfere with economic growth and investment, and should not place the state at a competitive disadvantage. When taxes are low, government spending and regulation are consequentially restrained; limited government is a foundational principle of a free market.

Federal Tax Reform Opens Opportunities for Georgia and for Rural Georgia

Most experts agree that recent federal tax reforms will put pressure on high tax states to either reduce taxes or continue to lose residents fleeing to lower tax states.

Georgia Puts the ‘Commission’ in Tax Commissioners’ Pockets

Why do we allow county tax commissioners to line their pockets using county resources? And why does the Georgia General Assembly continue to allow individuals to profit at the expense of taxpayers.

IRS Forms, Instructions and Publications

This organized, summary information explains the differences between popular forms, instructions, and publications involved in paying taxes.

U.S. Internal Revenue Service

The Internal Revenue Service is the nation's tax collection agency and administers the Internal Revenue Code enacted by Congress.

Rich States, Poor States

Rich States, Poor States examines the latest movements in state economic growth. The data ranks the economic outlook of states using fifteen equally weighted policy variables, including various tax rates, regulatory burdens and labor policies.

US Census Bureau – State Government Finance Data

The Annual Survey of State Government Finances provides a comprehensive summary of the annual survey findings for state governments, as well as data for individual states.

Georgia Department of Revenue Annual Statistical Reports

The mission of the Department of Revenue is to administer the tax laws of the State of Georgia fairly and efficiently in order to promote public confidence and compliance, while providing excellent customer service.

Tax Foundation – Georgia Tax Rankings

Each state’s tax code is a multifaceted system with many moving parts, and Georgia is no exception. The first step towards understanding Georgia’s tax code is knowing the basics.

Employees Retirement System of Georgia (ERSGA)

ERSGA administers separate and distinct cost-sharing, multiple employer defined benefit pension plans for various employer agencies of the State of Georgia, as well as defined contribution plans, and a life insurance plan.

Teachers Retirement System of Georgia (TRS)

TRS administers the fund from which teachers in the state’s public schools, many employees of the University System of Georgia, and certain other designated employees in educational-related work environments receive retirement benefits.

Regional Price Parities by State and Metro Area

This data offers comparisons of buying power across the 50 states and the District of Columbia, or from one metro area to another, for a given year.

Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR)

The State of Georgia's Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) is an annual publication of the State Accounting Office.

Georgia Governor’s Budget Reports

Each year, the Governor recommends to the General Assembly a budget for the State of Georgia. This proposed budget and an amended version of the current year’s budget are detailed in the Governor’s Annual Budget Reports.

Still Asking for Whom Georgia’s Roads are Tolled?

Automobiles heading north in the toll lanes along I-75 encountered no delays on April 27, while traffic in the general-purpose lanes crawled for miles because of construction delays.

By Benita M. Dodd

The toll lanes are coming! The toll lanes are…

AEI Brief: The Evolution of Career and Technical Education

A new paper by Nat Malkus of the American Enterprise Institute examines “The evolution of career and technical education: 1982–2013.”

Key Points

As vocational education has evolved into career and technical education (CTE) over the past several decades, it has progressed away…

Georgia Needs an Earnest Effort at Tax Reform

Nearly a decade ago, Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue created the Georgia Special Council on Tax Reform and Fairness, “to examine the tax code of Georgia, review it for fairness, and then recommend a new tax structure that would be as growth-friendly and as job-friendly as we could make it.”

Case for Incentives Strikes Out

This commentary by John Hood, chairman of the John Locke Foundation, appeared in the Carolina Journal’s August 2018 edition. Read it online here.

Case for Incentives Strikes Out

By John Hood

North Carolina politicians and policy analysts have been arguing for decades about targeted…

2018 Victories: Slow and Steady Wins the Race

As 2018 dashes away like Donner and Blitzen, many Georgians will remember it as a year of major political transition. But 2018 also brought some substantial improvements to Georgians’ lives through better policy, much of it championed by the Georgia Public Policy Foundation.

2018 Georgia Legislative Policy Forum Agenda

The 2018 Georgia Legislative Policy Forum is slated for Friday, September 7, 2018 at the Renaissance Waverly Hotel.

Georgia’s Taxing Options after the Supreme Court’s Online Sales Tax Ruling

By Jeffrey Dorfman

A U.S. Supreme Court ruling last month means even companies without a physical presence in a state can be required to collect sales taxes if states so choose. The ruling, in South Dakota v. Wayfair, levels the playing…