The Business Equipment Tax in Context
During times of economic downturn and revenue uncertainty, any proposals for decreasing revenue (i.e. cutting taxes) must be carefully scrutinized. One of the only new tax cuts being seriously considered during the 2009 Legislative Session is a reduction in the business equipment tax. The effective tax rate on business equipment has already been reduced dramatically over the last decade; further decreases during an economic downturn will mean decreased revenue to the state and reduced funding for other spending priorities or tax cuts that could have a greater impact on both average Montana families and the economy.