“There are certainly some signs that things are slowing down,” said Eileen McAnneny, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation. “The sales tax is the second-largest source of tax revenue for the Commonwealth. If it’s going down, we need to be paying careful attention to that.”
Eileen McAnneny, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, said the best way for the state to collect more tax revenue is to help the economy create more jobs. " Grow the base, so you don't increase the tax rates, but increase the number of people subject to them," she said. " A robust economic development strategy is one way to help grow revenues."
When deciding to offer tax amnesty, state policymakers must decide whether getting a quick influx of revenue is worth foregoing the amount of money that could be collected as penalties, said Doug Howgate, a researcher with the nonprofit Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation.