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Seattle Times letters to the editor

Category: Taxes
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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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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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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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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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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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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