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State Taxation Of Insurance

Definition of "State taxation of insurance"

Authority of states to tax the insurance companies they regulate. States levy income taxes, real and personal property taxes, and special levies, the most important of which is a premium tax in effect, a sales tax on premiums. Although it is generally 2% of premiums, some states tax as much as 4%. Insurers also pay franchise taxes, licensing fees, and special charges. Insurance taxes are an important source of revenue for the states, amounting to several billion dollars a year.

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