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December 10, 2014 at 5:21 PM

Sales-tax deduction: An income tax needed instead

As grateful as I am for the sales-tax deduction [“Make sales-tax deduction permanent,” Opinion, Dec. 6], I am only one among 28 percent of Washingtonians who benefit from this deduction because I can itemize my deductions. Where is the justice in this advantage when the rest don’t get to claim this benefit?

The Times claims that the sales-tax deduction is about fairness for states like Washington that have a high sales tax and no income tax. However, if you really are concerned about fairness, you would be advocating for an income tax in this state that would help to equalize what everyone in this state pays in taxes to our state.

When we finally institute an income tax and greatly reduce our sales tax, then we will a chance to achieve greater justice for everyone in our state.

Ron Moe-Lobeda, Seattle

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