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May 6, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Closing tax loopholes

Hope our senators side with taxpayers

Tuesday, President Obama proposed curbing offshore tax havens [“Obama targets foreign havens,” page one, May 5] — a necessary step that will help reduce the tax burden for the middle class and others who are least able to pay.

Microsoft is one company that probably would pay higher taxes as a result. This step needs congressional approval. Unfortunately, both of our senators have shown a preference for rich taxpayers — witness the recent votes of both Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell to protect wealthy individuals from estate taxes, two of just a few Senate democrats who supported this unjust legislation. The net result of their votes is that wealthy individuals will pay less tax and lower-income citizens will have to pay more.

Let’s hope that Sens. Murray and Cantwell take the side of the average taxpayer this time and don’t choose to shill for Microsoft, other corporations and the well-heeled who take advantage of offshore tax shelters.

— Lee Daneker, Seattle

Difference between avoiding and evading

Our president continues to hog the limelight and push his class-warfare agenda by attacking multinational companies (Microsoft, Google, HP, IBM, Cisco, etc.) for not paying enough taxes. They are avoiding taxes (legal), not evading taxes (illegal) like six of his nominees, including Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, who were all cheating on their taxes until nominated by Obama.

He says all this with a straight face. With the mainstream media not holding him accountable, he knows he can say and do anything to dumb Americans who primarily thrive on emotional statements.

These legal tax approaches include why some companies locate and incorporate in certain states within the U.S. All these legal loopholes could be avoided if the country moved to the FairTax (a consumption tax) and away from the income tax.

— Dick Applestone, Bellevue

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