Stories tagged: sales tax
UPDATED: Sat., June 24, 2017, 9:05 a.m.
Teague: Online sales-tax collection levels playing field
Small businesses supporting their local communities throughout the state are currently getting beaten by out-of-state online sellers who unfairly compete by not collecting sales taxes.
UPDATED: Tue., May 23, 2017, 11:24 p.m.
Spokane County rolls out emergency notification system, smartphone app funded by sales tax
Local officials on Tuesday rolled out a new smartphone app and notification system that delivers real-time updates about local emergencies.
Fri., April 7, 2017
Editorial: Vote yes for vital communications systems
First responders say the communication upgrade was clearly beneficial during recent wildfires and the big windstorm of 2015. Fire and police were able to maintain communications throughout the windstorm and …
Fri., March 31, 2017, 5:01 a.m.
STA sales tax increase starts Saturday
A sales tax increase of a tenth of a penny for transit goes into effect on Saturday after voters last fall approved the additional funding
UPDATED: Mon., March 27, 2017, 10:24 p.m.
Idaho lawmakers back repeal of sales tax on groceries, send bill to Gov. Otter
Idaho would repeal its 6 percent sales tax on groceries on June 1, 2018, if Gov. Butch Otter doesn’t veto the bill – but he’s hinted he might well. The …
UPDATED: Wed., March 15, 2017, 10:52 p.m.
Idaho House, Senate near compromise on tax cuts
A compromise is emerging between the Idaho House and the Senate on tax cuts, as lawmakers push to wrap up this year’s legislative session.
UPDATED: Thu., March 2, 2017, 10:31 p.m.
Lawmakers step up push to repeal Idaho’s sales tax on groceries
Eighteen senators and representatives gathered for a news conference Thursday to press for repealing Idaho’s 6 percent sales tax on groceries – and announced that they’re up to 48 cosponsors …
Tue., Jan. 17, 2017
Past opinions provide perspective
Looking Back reviews opinions published in The Spokesman-Review during this week in history. Consolidation, Jan. 20, 1919
Tue., Nov. 8, 2016, 10:38 p.m.
Oregonians say no to Measure 97 on corporate tax
Oregonians on Tuesday shot down a state ballot measure that would have taxed companies’ sales of more than $25 million, with many voters worrying that it would hit their own …
Sun., Sept. 11, 2016
Gary Crooks: A modest proposal to fund schools
We could come up with a solution to fully funding basic education in Washington state: “A Modest Proposal for Preventing Children From Being a Burden to Wealthy Taxpayers.”
Wed., June 15, 2016, 12:25 p.m.
Consumers make state revenue picture brighter
Revenue projections for the state are up for the next three years.
Wed., May 25, 2016, 11:20 a.m.
New York set to eliminate tampon tax
New York’s Legislature has given its final approval to exempting tampons and other feminine hygiene products from state sales taxes.
Wed., March 16, 2016, 1:42 p.m.
Chicago removes sales tax on tampons, sanitary napkins
The Chicago City Council has rescinded a city sales tax on tampons and sanitary napkins.
Tue., March 15, 2016, 2:06 p.m.
Bills to address Washington’s ‘tampon tax’ died without a hearing
Bills to eliminate the sales tax on feminine hygiene products in the 2016 session didn’t get a hearing.
Tue., March 8, 2016, 10:35 a.m.
Mill Creek will soon have highest sales tax in Washington
The city of Mill Creek will soon have the highest sales tax in Washington state.
Thu., Jan. 14, 2016, 9:57 p.m.
Costco eyes move north out of Spokane city limits
Issaquah wholesale retailer Costco is eyeing a move north on Highway 2 that has the potential to take at least $1 million of annual sales tax revenue from the city …
Sat., Nov. 28, 2015, 10 a.m.
Idaho ballot proposal would lower sales tax, cut exemptions
The League of Women Voters of Idaho is launching a ballot initiative drive to lower Idaho’s sales tax from 6 percent to 5 percent.
Wed., Oct. 28, 2015
Sandpoint residents consider sales tax increase to refurbish Barlow Stadium
Sandpoint residents will vote Tuesday on a proposed 1 percent sales tax increase to finance refurbishing Barlow Stadium at War Memorial Field.
Fri., April 10, 2015
Idaho House approves increase in grocery tax credit
BOISE – The Idaho House has overwhelmingly approved a plan to increase Idaho’s grocery tax credit by $10 per person. The House Revenue and Taxation Committee introduced the plan Thursday …
Thu., April 2, 2015
Spokane voters to decide on expanded bus service
Bus service in northwest Spokane would see significant improvements under a ballot measure that would raise the sales tax by an additional 0.3 percent to bolster transit. Spokane Transit Authority …
Tue., March 31, 2015
Idaho House passes sweeping tax reforms
BOISE – The Idaho House endorsed sweeping tax changes Monday that would increase taxes for middle-income Idahoans and cut taxes for the state’s wealthiest, according to two new analyses. The …
Thu., March 26, 2015
Idaho bill raises gas tax, cuts grocery sales tax and credit
BOISE – Idaho House Republican leaders introduced complicated legislation Wednesday to make big changes in Idaho’s tax system – lowering the top income tax rate, removing the sales tax from …
Thu., Feb. 26, 2015
Spokane County juvenile services tax vote likely this year
Spokane County voters likely will decide this year if a sales tax that pays for juvenile detention services should be maintained. But county commissioners disagree when to put the one-tenth-of-a-cent …
Thu., Jan. 29, 2015
Coeur d’Alene bus service is part of STA tax request
An express bus service from Spokane Valley to Coeur d’Alene is among the improvements to service Spokane Transit Authority officials are considering if voters approve a tax increase this spring. …
Fri., Dec. 19, 2014
Plan funding divides STA board
Battle lines were drawn early by transit officials in a four-hour-long meeting Thursday afternoon, but the eventual 6-3 split sending a 10-year, $300 million project to the ballot wasn’t clear …
Sun., Nov. 30, 2014
Editorial: With Washington roads in poor shape, tax breaks need scrutiny
A dual-motor Tesla Model S can reach 60 miles per hour in 3.2 seconds. Even better, the Model S and its hefty price tag can reach the Washington treasury at …
Sun., June 1, 2014
Idaho relaxes software taxes
BOISE – Multimillion-dollar software installations by corporations will be tax-free in Idaho on July 1, while downloads of e-books or entertainment software will still be taxed under a new law …
Wed., Oct. 23, 2013
Spokane County commissioners extend mental health services tax
A tenth of a penny sales tax that pays for local mental health and criminal justice services was extended through 2019 by Spokane County commissioners on Tuesday. Commissioners Todd Mielke …
Sun., Oct. 20, 2013
Spokane County looks to extend mental health court tax
Heidi Everett stopped outside a Spokane County courtroom and offered to show the scars on her wrists, evidence of numerous suicide attempts. She had just appeared in mental health court …
Thu., July 25, 2013
Utility tax, land top budget issues for Liberty Lake Council
As Liberty Lake puts together its 2014 budget, city officials must make two big decisions: whether to continue a 3 percent utility tax and what to do with vacant land …