Marijuana tax thinking: Still in its infancy

A property tax on marijuana trademarks and patents seems almost impossible to administer.  Figuring the value of those intangibles requires estimating the income they would generate, in a circumstance of total uncertainty.  But Washington State House Bill 1976, just introduced, would impose a tax of $3.60 per $1,000 “of assessed value upon the assessed valuation of all trademarks, trade names, brand names, patents, and copyrights that are related to marijuana.”  http://apps.leg.wa.gov/documents/billdocs/2013-14/Pdf/Bills/House%20Bills/1976.pdf

The disputes that tax creates will cost more than it raises.  We are a long way from a common understanding of how to deal with marijuana on the revenue side.

 

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Author: patoglesby

From 1982 to 1990, I worked in tax policy for Committees of the United States Congress. In recent years, I was Adjunct Lecturer at UNC-Chapel Hill's Business School and then Adjunct Professor at its Law School.

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