South Carolina Public Schools Lost $423 Million to Corporate Tax Breaks in FY 2019

Public school districts in South Carolina lost $423 million in property tax revenues during the 2019 fiscal year, due to tax abatements county governments granted to corporations. That’s an increase of $99 million – or 31 percent – compared to just two years earlier, according to a new Good Jobs First report released today: “The Revenue Impact of Corporate Tax Incentives on South Carolina Public Schools.”


These States Are Missing A Lot of Tax-Break Disclosure Data – Is It Non-Compliance?

Tax abatement disclosures often need to be enforced at the state level. We have isolated a few states that have abnormally low disclosure rates among their local governments. Is there underreporting going on? Is underreporting a statewide problem?


Nine Common Reasons Governments Decline to Provide Tax Abatement Disclosures

For local governments, acknowledging GASB Statement No. 77 on Tax Abatement Disclosures is not a bad start, but not disclosing the amount of taxes abated is bad for transparency. This blog exposes the common "excuses".


Disclosing Tax Revenue Lost to Corporate Welfare: Are Local Governments Backsliding on Compliance?

When a local government does not report on tax abatements, is it not complying with the GASB 77 disclosure rule, or is there nothing to disclose? This blog answers the question.


Report: Corporate Tax Giveaways Harm States' Revenue Needed for Pension Funding (cont'd)

Good Jobs First – a non-profit, non-partisan research center focusing on economic development accountability – today published the second half of a 13-state report “Putting State Pension Costs in Context.” The report found that Colorado, Georgia, Louisiana, Missouri, South Carolina, Texas, and Vermont together spend more than $17 billion per year in development subsidies and tax breaks for corporations, about five times the states’ yearly pension obligations.