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  News & highlights from Ball State CBER ::   January 17, 2017  

Who Really Pays Taxes?

Taxes are borne by both buyers and sellers.

One interesting aspect of any discussion about taxes is how many otherwise well-educated people misunderstand the truths about who bears the burden of a tax. Let us consider sales tax as an example. Indiana has a complex law that says tax must be paid by the consumer, and that the retailer merely 'collects' this tax. Indiana even prohibits firms from advertising that 'sales tax' are included, and allows them to keep a tiny share of the tax they 'collect' for the trouble of collecting it. This means that most folks toil under the false belief that consumers alone pay this tax. That is raw nonsense.

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Last week's article: Indiana's Dwindling Tax Base

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The CBER Data Center has simplified the data-gathering process for many economic-focused grant applications. The Grant Writers' Toolbox offers Indiana county-level data covering demographics, economics, and health. We also offer a TIF estimating calculator.

Auto Sales, December 2016

December was a good month for auto sales with 18.7 million vehicles sold, a 3.3 percent increase over November and a 5 percent year-over-year increase. Sales increased in every sales category compared to November due to sales incentives such a zero percent interest rates. As usual, sales of light trucks (which includes SUVs and minivans) were strongest.

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