ATRA in the News: Most Recent Articles

Arizona Capitol Times
Thursday, May 25, 2017
Sean McCarthy

It was a surprise and a pleasure to see the Arizona School Boards Association President Tim Ogle weigh in so publicly about his concerns with equitable school funding. On this point, taxpayers and school advocates should be in harmony: Arizona’s outmoded funding formula is ill designed for the 21st century.

The Arizona Capitol Times
Thursday, May 4, 2017
Jennifer Stielow

Several proposals have come before the Arizona Legislature to loosen confidentiality protections and this year’s session brought yet another challenge under SB1242. The bill would allow the release of confidential taxpayer information to a third party to assist government in performing its tax administrative duties.

The Arizona Republic
Friday, April 21, 2017
Robert Robb

Phoenix has been particularly promiscuous in doling out GLPETs, turning downtown into a property tax free zone. The Arizona Tax Research Association calculates that Phoenix has removed around $1.5 billion in commercial real estate from the property tax rolls.

Arizona Watchdog
Thursday, March 23, 2017
Christian Britschgi

The bill, while not abolishing GPLET, would change some of the more controversial aspects of the program by forcing lessees back onto the property tax rolls after eight years, a change from endless lease deals. It would also require local governments collect the tax.

The Arizona Capitol Times
Friday, March 17, 2017
Kevin McCarthy

Local governments claim that “but for” these tax breaks, new development would not occur. City Hall proudly cuts the ribbon to the new restaurant or hotel while neighbors look on wondering why they pay the full rate. The truth is the “but for” argument is impossible to prove.

Arizona Daily Star
Thursday, March 16, 2017
Howie Fischer

“‘Tax expenditures’ is grounded in the notion that everything, all wealth, in Arizona is subject to tax, that which we get to keep is a ‘tax expenditure,’” McCarthy said.

National Post (Canada)
Friday, March 10, 2017
Kelly McParland

“Fundamentally, what you are doing is you are going into the state general fund and you are appropriating dollars to a private concern,” Sean McCarthy of the ATRA told the Arizona Republic.

Phoenix Business Journal
Thursday, February 23, 2017
Mike Sunnucks

NAIOP-AZ was among the real estate groups opposed to the new bill but worked out some compromises with the legislation's sponsor, Rep. Vince Leach, R-SaddleBrooke, and the Arizona Tax Research Association. The measure now moves its way to the Arizona Senate.

East Valley Tribune
Tuesday, February 21, 2017
Jim Walsh,

Sean McCarthy challenged the Coyotes’ argument that the team is creating new tax dollars by building an arena on a vacant site. “You are not creating new disposable income. You are moving dollars around,” McCarthy said. “You can’t argue that moving dollars from one stadium to another is creating new dollars.”

Arizona Republic
Wednesday, February 15, 2017
Laurie Roberts

“Fundamentally, what you are doing is you are going into the state general fund and you are appropriating dollars to a private concern,” said Sean McCarthy of the Arizona Tax Research Association.

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