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Chart of the week: Why Washington’s taxes are so inequitable

Washington has the most regressive tax structure of any state, taxing the lowest earners at 17.3%, while the top 1% pay just 2.6% of their incomes in taxes. How did we get here? Well, for one thing, lower- and middle-income

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Initiative 1098: What is Considered a ‘Small Business’?

Initiative 1098: What is Considered a ‘Small Business’?

June 3, 2010

Initiative 1098: What counts as a small business? Short Answer: I-1098 will eliminate the Business and Occupation (B&O) tax for Washington’s small businesses by increasing the B&O tax credit from $420 to $4,800 per year. According to a Washington  Department

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Where Do the Wealthy Live? High Incomes and State Income Tax Rates

Where Do the Wealthy Live? High Incomes and State Income Tax Rates

April 21, 2010

Short Answer: There is no correlation between a state’s income tax rate and the percentage of wealthy households living there. Since 43 out of 50 states have a state income tax, most Americans accept it as the norm. Background :

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Washington’s Estate Tax: Revenue for Higher Education and Early Learning

Washington’s Estate Tax: Revenue for Higher Education and Early Learning

February 24, 2010

Washington has had an inheritance or estate tax since 1901. The United States has had an estate tax in place since 1916. Initiative 920, which would have repealed Washington’s estate tax in November 2006, was resoundingly defeated by the people,

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Exemptions to Ax – Sins to Tax: Revenues to Rebuild Our Economic Future

Exemptions to Ax – Sins to Tax: Revenues to Rebuild Our Economic Future

February 20, 2010

These fact sheets summarize a budget solution that closes Washington’s $2.8 billion shortfall this year — and provides long-term budget stability in future years. By closing tax exemptions that no longer serve a compelling public purpose and carefully choosing new

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Revenues to Close the Gap

Revenues to Close the Gap

January 27, 2010

Washington State is losing billions of dollars in uncollected tax revenue — more than $1.7 billion for FY 2011. This summary shows how targeted exemptions and tax changes will help solve the current budget shortfall, while providing long-term, sustainable solutions.

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Creating jobs and boosting our economy

Creating jobs and boosting our economy

January 14, 2010

In 2009, Washington’s legislature slashed billions from the state budget, adding to the misery of recession by cutting services, jobs, and incomes of public servants.  Virtually every area of state government was affected, including K-12 education, higher education, health care,

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The State of Working Washington 2009

The State of Working Washington 2009

December 1, 2009

Over the past decade, Washington State residents have become less economically secure. Owning a  home, sending kids to college, accessing medical  care, building an egg nest for retirement – these  basic hallmarks of the American middle class were  within reach

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Washington State education funding and tax reform

May 1, 2009

Washington State must ensure public investment in education keeps up with the needs of today’s students and tomorrow’s economy. A more modern tax system that is fair to middle-class families will fuel long-term economic growth and keep the doors to

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An Income Tax for Washington: Questions and Answers

An Income Tax for Washington: Questions and Answers

April 22, 2009

Washington State has been losing ground on education for 15 years, slipping towards the bottom of national rankings in class size and school funding. Our children, workers, and businesses deserve better. The recession highlights how difficult it is to raise

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