Indiana hosted a conference on tax competitiveness and tax simplicity recently. The event will receive a lot of merited attention in the coming months and years as Indiana grapples with some lingering weaknesses in our tax code. I was lucky enough to attend the conference and can offer a few insights.
Tax competitiveness and tax simplicity are vague phrases that deserve some explanation.
Competitiveness in a tax code means a structure of tax rates, tax types and a suite of public services that provoke households and businesses to relocate or stay in Indiana. We surely disagree on how to get there, but as an aspirational goal this would seem a wise pursuit.