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Seattle Times letters to the editor

Category: 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

March 22, 2014 at 12:22 PM

Close corporate tax loopholes for large companies

Boeing won’t be paying any taxes this year [“Boeing has big tax refund coming from Uncle Sam — again,” seattletimes.com, March 1].

Instead, by deferring tax payments, it will be getting a $199 million refund. It’s not alone; many corporations are avoiding taxes altogether through loopholes. In the Senate there is a bill that would close corporate tax loopholes that allow multinational corporations to hide their profits overseas to avoid paying taxes, and we should encourage Sens. Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell to champion it.

At least 82 of the top 100 publicly traded companies in America use tax havens like the Cayman Islands. Offshore tax dodging amounts to $150 billion a year in lost revenue — costing the average small business in Washington $3,616 extra each year, according to WashPIRG data. Small businesses, like individual taxpayers, are obligated to pay their taxes, so why should multinational corporations get off the hook?

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

May 24, 2013 at 7:58 AM

IRS questions political groups

Both parties take advantage of tax exemption Isn’t it the responsibility of the IRS to protect taxpayers by denying 501(c)(4) tax-exempt status to partisan groups? I’m neither Republican nor a Democrat, but it seems to me that many conservative groups are blatantly partisan, including the tea party, anti-abortion groups and the NRA. Many churches are also partisan…

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Comments | More in Taxes | Topics: Internal Revenue Service, IRS, tax exemption

April 23, 2013 at 8:04 AM

Online retailers could start collecting sales tax

Taxing Internet purchases would benefit the state When buying an item via mail order or the Internet, purchasers should pay the sales tax for the state in which the brick-and-mortar merchant or shipping location is sited just as if they were physically in that state [“Senate vote nears on bill that would end tax-free online sales,”…

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March 28, 2013 at 7:05 AM

Park system funding is legislative responsibility

Taxpayers don’t want to fund government programs I disagree with George Coulbourn’s conclusion that the primary cause of state parks underfunding lies with the Legislature [“Disconnect between government, people,” Northwest Voices, March 27]. I think the repeated strong approval of Tim Eyman’s initiatives to require a two-thirds supermajority to raise taxes makes it very clear that…

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Comments | More in Economy, Environment, Taxes, Washington Legislature | Topics: Washington state parks

March 12, 2013 at 4:30 PM

Lawmakers should listen to voters on taxes

Vote is justified by Seattle’s population Regarding the editorial of Sunday March 10 [“Lawmakers should heed voters on decisions about taxes,” Opinion], I seem to be confused about how state representation works. Could you help clear this up for me? My understanding is that legislative districts are roughly figured on the basis of population and Seattle…

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Comments | More in Seattle, State initiatives, Taxes, Tim Eyman, Washington Legislature | Topics: Initiative 1185, supermajority

March 8, 2013 at 3:30 PM

Wealthy families’ taxes near 30-year high

Rich families will continue to thrive What’s wrong with developing a progressive national income tax [“Tax bills for rich families approach 30-year high,” seattletimes.com, March 3]? Members of the middle class and the poor cannot fathom the amount the superrich pay to the federal government each year — the superrich see tax rates shocking to…

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Comments | More in Economy, Federal government, Taxes | Topics: national income tax, progressive tax

March 6, 2013 at 4:00 PM

New tax revenue needed to fund public education

Trupin relies too heavily on taxes Remy Trupin is at it again: In his op-ed for The Seattle Times he describes — through his knothole — the needs of Washingtonians and then dreams up every imaginable tax to pay for it all [“Fully funding public education requires new tax revenue,” Opinion, March 5]. Not once did…

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Comments | More in Education, Taxes | Topics: public education, Remy Trupin, Washington State Budget & Policy Center

March 5, 2013 at 4:00 PM

King County officials look to raise taxes without voter approval

Regressive taxes are not the solution On Feb. 28, The Seattle Times reported on legislation proposed by King County officials allowing the county to raise the local sales tax without voter approval [“County seeks right to raise tax without vote,” NWThursday]. Extra revenue generated from a potential sales-tax increase would support public safety and human…

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Comments | More in Economy, King County, Taxes | Topics: regressive taxes, sales tax, Tax increases

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