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Category: Taxes
February 2, 2015 at 2:02 PM

Affordable Care Act tax subsidies: Customers might get a surprise

The article on potential tax surprises due to the Affordable Care Act [“Time for health-care exchange customers to settle up taxes,” Local News, Jan. 24] failed to acknowledged a possible welcome surprise. Some people may have overestimated their income when applying for a subsidy and will therefore be due a reimbursement from the…


Comments | More in Taxes | Topics: Affordable Care Act, Andrea Perr, IRS

February 1, 2015 at 9:13 AM

Provide an alternative when opposing taxes

Gabriel Campanario, The Seattle Times

The Seattle Times should not have published the column by Richard S. Davis [“Gov. Inslee’s capital-gains tax idea is dead on arrival,” Opinion, Jan. 28]. Why?

All tax increases or spending cuts adversely affect someone. All the column does is provide the details specific to


Comments | More in Taxes | Topics: capital gains tax, Patrick J. Russell, Richard S. Davis

January 15, 2015 at 7:05 AM

Tax code: Bring transparency to tax expenditures

Thank you for the excellent article on our substandard tax code [“State’s ‘Ford Pinto’ tax system not so easy to trade in,” Local News, Jan. 10]. I am totally supportive of state Rep. Reuven Carlyle’s quest to bring transparency to the hundreds of tax expenditures in our tax code. My fantasy would be…


Comments | More in Taxes | Topics: Christian Saether, Rep. Reuven Carlyle, 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…


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…


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…


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…


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…


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’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…


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

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