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Seattle Times letters to the editor

Category: Taxes
December 18, 2014 at 10:24 PM

Stop asking the middle class to subsidize businesses like Boeing

On Monday, Boeing announced a new $12 billion buyout of their stock after just completing a $6 billion buyback of stock last year. This makes shareholders wealthier while not producing a single new job. Boeing is able to do this thanks to a tax system that has increasingly favored corporations over individuals. Boeing is a good…

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Comments | More in Boeing, Taxes | Topics: Boeing, buyback, Joe Curiel

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…

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Comments | More in Taxes | Topics: Income tax, Ron Moe-Lobeda, sales-tax deduction

December 9, 2014 at 12:08 PM

Tax policy: Top 1 percent of Wash. residents need to pay more

I couldn’t agree more with Jonathan Martin’s column “It’s time for progressivism in tax policy” [Opinion, Dec. 7]. Martin cites Silicon Valley and the truth rings for me. I emigrated here 10 years ago from San Jose. I enjoy a great technology-marketing job with a good income. I was shocked to learn that…

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Comments | More in Taxes | Topics: capital gains tax, Income tax, Jonathan Martin

November 21, 2014 at 7:05 AM

Marketplace Fairness Act: Paying taxes to other states is unfair

In a recent editorial, the Seattle Times criticized U.S. House Speaker John Boehner for rejecting Internet sales tax legislation [“If John Boehner kills the Marketplace Fairness Act, it would hurt Washington state,” Opinion, Nov. 13]. As a small online business owner, I am thankful that leaders in Congress are taking a more thoughtful…

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Comments | More in Taxes | Topics: House Speaker John Boehner, Internet, Marketplace Fairness Act

August 28, 2014 at 7:35 AM

U.S. tax code needs reform

Reform tax code Danny Westneat’s column regarding American companies not paying their fair share of income taxes overlooks two important reasons [“Europe calls out tax schemes,” NWWednesday, Aug. 27]. The first is human nature, as all Americans will try to avoid having to pay taxes. The second is that no federal legislation is forthcoming to…

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Comments | More in Taxes | Topics: corporate taxes, taxes

August 27, 2014 at 3:06 PM

Eliminate corporate taxes: Amazon’s lashing in U.K.

Amazon’s tax strategy is competitive Excellent and very gripping piece on Amazon.com’s charring in the U.K. over taxes by reporter Jay Greene [“Brits Cry Foul,” Page one, Aug. 26]. What is truly frightening is the ignorance of the politicians who were doing the grilling. What they don’t realize is that corporate taxes are simply indirect…

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Comments | More in Amazon, Economy, Taxes | Topics: amazon, economy, taxes

May 21, 2014 at 6:24 AM

What are the benefits of corporate tax breaks?

As usual, the business community, Times included, is always quick to point out the benefits to our economy when we extend tax breaks to new business, unless said business happens to be a competitor, of course [“Extend data-center tax break,” Opinion, May 18]. Left unsaid is the fact that tax income forgiven to one is…

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Comments | More in Taxes | Topics: business, corporate tax breaks, Don Curtis

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