Sales Tax

AZ Capitol Times
Tuesday, June 26, 2012
Luige del Puerto
Kevin McCarthy, president of the Arizona Tax Research Association, said his group found out there was two versions of the ballot language when it did its analysis using a copy of the initiative language it downloaded from the Quality Education and Jobs campaign website.
CBS 5 Arizona
Tuesday, June 26, 2012
Jason Barry
According to McCarthy, the missing paragraphs change how hundreds of millions of dollars will be spent. "The permanence is associated with not only the tax, but appropriations and tying legislators' hands forever," said McCarthy. "Recent memories demonstrated that's really a bad idea."
The Arizona Republic
Monday, June 25, 2012
Mary Jo Pitzl
ATRA's group's analysis shows the version circulated to voters would deprive K-12 education of millions of dollars a year after the 1 cent per dollar tax collected more than $1.1 billion in any given year.
Arizona Daily Star
Monday, June 25, 2012
Howard Fischer
McCarthy said the paper version — the one the Secretary of State’s Office has posted online — gives more to education than the version actually circulated, which diverts more for construction projects. That difference of who benefits, he said, amounts to hundreds of millions of dollars a year
The Arizona Republic
Thursday, June 21, 2012
Mary Jo Pitzl
That omission makes a "very substantive" difference, said Kevin McCarthy, executive director of the Arizona Tax Research Association. "It's nowhere close to a minor change," he said.
East Valley Tribune
Wednesday, June 20, 2012
Howard Fischer
Kevin McCarthy, executive director of the Arizona Tax Research Association, which opposes the initiative, found the flaw and called it to Bennett’s attention.
Arizona Capitol Times
Tuesday, June 19, 2012
Jeremy Duda and Luige del Puerto
McCarthy said ATRA staff did spot checks of petitions being circulated, and all four they came across were using ballot language from the Quality Education and Jobs website, not the Secretary of State’s Office.
Bloomberg Business Week
Thursday, June 7, 2012
Paul Davenport
Because of the simplification mandate and brick-and-mortar retailers' complaints about no-tax competition from Amazon, "it's going to have to come up," agreed Kevin McCarthy, a task force member and head of a business-backed taxpayer advocacy group.
The Arizona Republic
Saturday, June 2, 2012
Mary Jo Pitzl
Gov. Jan Brewer this week named a dozen people to a task force that will figure out how to make Arizona's sales-tax code simpler both for those paying it and those collecting it. The governor created the task force last month with an executive order, saying the state's sales tax is overly complex to administer. But it's also a crucial part of state operations; about half of Arizona's operating dollars comes from the tax.
Arizona Republic
Thursday, April 12, 2012
Russ Wiles
Kevin McCarthy, president of the Arizona Tax Research Association, said the study's findings aren't surprising. "Arizona historically has rated high for sales-tax collections," he said.

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