Whitney Afonso to Moderate Virtual Roundtable on Retail Sales Taxes

UNC School of Government faculty member Whitney Afonso will moderate a virtual roundtable this Thursday, September 6 at 1p.m. to discuss more on the issue of retail sales taxes. She will be joined as a moderator by Barry Boardman, chief economist for the North Carolina General Assembly; Donald Bruce, Professor of Business at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville; and Cynthia Rogers, an economics professor at the University of Oklahoma. Each presenter will bring their own unique perspective and recommendations on sales tax policy. To join the event, please click here.

Whitney Afonso recently curated a virtual issue for the Public Budgeting & Finance journal presenting articles addressing the impact of the federal government’s recent policy changes on state and local taxes. This compilation of research illustrates how such changes to sales taxes will affect legislative policies and outcomes.

In the wake of legal shifts of sales tax policy at the federal level, Afonso’s selection of articles in this issue explore how local sales tax policies can remain compliant in the future. Through this collection of research, Afonso helps readers better understand the complex, evolving relationship between federal law, state and local tax policy, and the potential resultant tax policy changes that may occur. The articles compiled by Afonso will be available for free, open access for the next six months.

Whitney Afonso joined the School of Government in 2012, where she works as an Assistant Professor of Public Administration and Government. She was named Albert and Gladys Hall Coates Distinguished Term Assistant Professor for 2015–2017. Whitney’s research focuses on local sales taxes and has been published in journals such as Public Budgeting & Finance, Public Finance Review, Journal of Public Policy, and State and Local Government Review. In addition to her research and teaching in the School’s MPA program, Afonso also serves as the liaison for the North Carolina Local Government Budget Association, consults with the North Carolina General Assembly on issues of tax policy, and was elected to serve on the Executive Committee for the Association for Budgeting and Financial Management (ABFM).