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Tax Analysts’ <i>State Tax Notes</i> Magazine Introduces New Regular Column: State Fare

March 11, 2013

FALLS CHURCH, Va. – Tax Analysts, the nonprofit provider of federal, state, and international tax news and analysis, today announced the launch of a new column, State Fare, by Dan Bucks. The monthly column will be published in State Tax Notes magazine and will explore ways to help state and local taxes work well to achieve public goals.


“Starting a column for State Tax Notes after more than 40 years in public administration is a new and somewhat daunting experience,” Bucks writes. “This publication is a uniquely valuable resource to the state tax community.”

In his first column, “Overcoming Abuses of Power: Lessons From Liberating Montana,” Bucks notes that contemporary public discussions of tax policy and administration have lost all meaning from previous analytical concepts that were once reliable. He discusses ways to reclaim usefulness and value in those concepts and references what he knows best – the high standards of policy and practice arising from the Montana Constitution and the laws and measures that implement it.

“The hope is that the readers of State Tax Notes will find this column useful and thought-provoking,” Bucks writes. “It will offer a distinctive focus — a focus on what is necessary to make state and local taxes work well. Although the column will at times address current issues, it will do so in the context of a long-term perspective of improving tax systems. I invite your comments, suggestions, and ideas.”

Dan Bucks was Montana’s longest-serving director of revenue. He is one of the most prominent figures in state tax administration, with more than three decades of experience in the field. Bucks served as executive director of the Multistate Tax Commission for 17 years, where he was active in state tax circles nationally. His prior positions include director of executive reorganization in the South Dakota state government and assistant director of the Montana Department of Revenue. Bucks is now a public policy and management consultant.

State Tax Notes, a Tax Analysts publication, is a weekly magazine dedicated to current state and local taxation issues.

A full copy of Bucks’s new column is available here.

For more information or to schedule an interview with Bucks, please contact Shaima Cardillo at 703-531-4852 or