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Commission Sovereignty Membership Continues to Expand

For release June 7, 2007: Georgia Commissioner Bart L. Graham has announced that Georgia will become a sovereignty member of the Multistate Tax Commission effective July 1, 2007.  Additionally, Georgia will begin participating in the MTC’s Joint Audit Program for sales and use taxes; currently, Georgia is an associate member and is a participant in the Commission’s National Nexus Program. 

Georgia joins Maryland and West Virginia as associate member states that will increase their involvement in the Commission by becoming sovereignty members.  Executive Director Joe Huddleston is delighted that Georgia is moving to sovereignty member status.  “We welcome the opportunity to work with Georgia even more closely in tackling the issues of multistate taxation,” Huddleston said, “but we especially welcome the leadership and experience that Commissioner Graham and the Georgia Department of Revenue bring to the Commission.”

The Commission's sovereignty members are states that support the purposes of the Multistate Tax Compact through regular participation in, and financial support for, the general activities of the MTC, but which have not enacted the Compact.  They are an integral part of shaping and sustaining the Commission's efforts to preserve state taxing authority and improve state tax policy and administration.  The Commission's executive committee grants sovereignty membership to states that have requested it through their governor or state tax agency.

Current sovereignty member states are Kentucky, Louisiana, New Jersey, and Wyoming.

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Commission Membership to Expand July 1st

At the MTC's spring executive committee meeting, Executive DirectorJoe Huddleston announced that Maryland and West Virginia would be joining the ranks of the Commission's sovereignty member states and that Indiana would be joining as an associate member, effective July 1, 2007.

Maryland and West Virginia are currently associate member states, and both participate in the Commission's National Nexus Program.  West Virginia is also involved in the Commission's Joint Audit Program.  They will be joining current sovereignty state members Kentucky, Louisiana, New Jersey, and Wyoming.

The Commission's sovereignty members are states that support the purposes of the Multistate Tax Compact through regular participation in, and financial support for, the general activities of the MTC, but which have not enacted the Compact.  They are an integral part of shaping and sustaining the Commission's efforts to preserve state taxing authority and improve state tax policy and administration.

Indiana will become an associate member by virtue of legislation passed by the General Assembly this year and signed by Governor Daniels on May 3.  Section 17 of SB 502 authorizes the state to take the necessary steps to join the Commission as an associate member effective July 1, 2007.  Indiana started as an associate member of the MTC when it began 40 years ago and became a compact member four years later.  Thirty years ago, it withdrew completely from Commission membership.

Huddleston is very pleased that Indiana is returning, and looks forward to working with them on multistate tax issues and administration.

The Commission's executive committee grants sovereignty and associate membership to states that have requested it through their governor or state tax agency.

 

 
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