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Plain Talk: What do you think of this proposal exempting most North Dakota households from income taxes?

Tax Commissioner Brian Kroshus, and state Rep. Craig Headland, join this episode of Plain Talk to make their case for the plan.

Gov. Doug Burgum announces the Relief for All income tax relief proposal on Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2022, at the North Dakota Capitol in Bismarck, joined by (from left) Rep. Glenn Bosch, Rep. Jason Dockter, House Finance and Taxation Committee chairman Rep. Craig Headland, Lt. Gov. Brent Sanford, State Tax Commissioner Brian Kroshus, Sen. Jordan Kannianen and Sen. Scott Meyer.
Gov. Doug Burgum announces the Relief for All income tax relief proposal on Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2022, at the North Dakota Capitol in Bismarck, joined by (from left) Rep. Glenn Bosch, Rep. Jason Dockter, House Finance and Taxation Committee chairman Rep. Craig Headland, Lt. Gov. Brent Sanford, State Tax Commissioner Brian Kroshus, Sen. Jordan Kannianen and Sen. Scott Meyer.
Photo courtesy of Gov. Doug Burgum's office
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MINOT, N.D. — Last week a group of Republican leaders from the state's legislative and executive branches got together and announced a new plan to flatten North Dakota's income taxes .

The state currently has five tax brackets that obligate every North Dakotan earning income to pay a progressively higher rate based on how large that income is.

This new plan would create just two tax brackets, with about 60 percent of North Dakota households paying no income tax at all, and the rest paying a flat rate of just 1.5%.

Would those paying no tax still have to file a return?

How would the state adjust its revenues and spending to account for this tax cut?

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What of claims from Democratic leaders that this is just another handout for the wealthy?

Republican Tax Commissioner Brian Kroshus, and state Rep. Craig Headland, a Republican from Montpelier, joined this episode of Plain Talk to discuss.

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Opinion by Rob Port
Rob Port is a news reporter, columnist, and podcast host for the Forum News Service. He has an extensive background in investigations and public records. He has covered political events in North Dakota and the upper Midwest for two decades. Reach him at rport@forumcomm.com. Click here to subscribe to his Plain Talk podcast.
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