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Noah Smith: Trump’s tax cut hasn’t done anything for workers

A few months ago, I cautioned that Americans should be patient before deciding what effect President Donald Trump’s tax cuts have had on the economy. It takes a while for …


UPDATED: Wed., April 18, 2018, 5:51 p.m.

Brown releases joint tax return showing $320K in income, more than $69K in taxes

A tale of the 1040s: Democratic challenger Lisa Brown and her husband paid more taxes on higher income than Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers and her husband.


Take heart, late tax filers, next year’s prep may be easier

Last year’s changes to federal tax law mean changes for next year’s tax preparation. Brackets are changing, some things won’t be deductible but the standard deduction is going up.


Ryan credits Koch network for supporting GOP’s tax overhaul

House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., credited the network of billionaire industrialists Charles and David Koch for being “such a critical part of our historic success in 2017,” highlighting its support …


Matt Nykiel, Cesia Kearns and Anne Hedges: The right thing to do with the tax windfall: Help Colstrip

Electric utilities are about to get a big corporate payout from the new tax law passed by Congress. Instead of enriching executives and shareholders, power companies should use that money …


Kevin B. McCruden: Spirituality, common life and the GOP tax law

With the recent passage into law of the Republican 2017 tax reform bill, I find myself saddened. In part, my sadness concerns the civic failure of this bill to secure …


Slight delay before individuals would see bump in take home pay following GOP tax plan

Following the passage of the GOP’s tax reform bill, individuals could see a slight bump in the take-home pay they see on their paychecks.


UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 19, 2017, 11:21 p.m.

Cathy McMorris Rodgers defends GOP tax reform bill during phone-in town hall

Eastern Washington residents peppered Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers in a telephone town hall Tuesday with questions about the Republicans’ final tax bill.


Robert J. Samuelson: The true tax gap: How about $12 trillion!

When historians examine President Trump’s tax program, they will surely be struck by a large and momentous contradiction. Although the nation faces endless budget deficits – and although the president …


UPDATED: Mon., Dec. 18, 2017, 6:04 p.m.

McMorris Rodgers makes final push for tax reform as Congress nears vote on divisive proposal

The fourth-ranking Republican in the House of Representatives continues her pitch for the tax plan, which she says will put more money in the wallets of Americans. Democrats remain wary, …


UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 20, 2017, 3:50 p.m.

Tax reform is finalized: A simple explanation on how the GOP tax bill might affect you

Republicans unveiled a final tax bill last week - The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act - that would significantly cut corporate taxes, while temporarily giving most Americans lower taxes until …


UPDATED: Mon., Dec. 11, 2017, 11:55 p.m.

About 150 march in Spokane in protest of Republican tax reform plans

About 150 protesters gathered Monday afternoon in downtown Spokane to denounce Republican tax reform proposals moving through Congress. All In For Washington, Greater Spokane Progress and the Peace & Justice …


UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 8, 2017, 8:25 p.m.

Murray, Cantwell named to tax conference committee

Senate Democrats appoint Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell to the committee seeking a compromise between the two tax bills.


Cantwell joins Sanders in sparring with GOP over tax plan

In debate over Senate GOP tax reform plan, Sen. Maria Cantwell sticks up for taxpayers’ ability to deduct state and local taxes.


UPDATED: Sun., Nov. 19, 2017, 4:29 p.m.

Tax bill reflects rift between many Republicans, higher education

Ending a tax deduction for interest paid on student loans. Raising taxes for more than 100,000 graduate students who receive tuition waivers. Imposing a levy on endowments at certain private …


UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 15, 2017, 9:15 p.m.

Idaho, Washington members of Congress take stands on tax reform plans

Area legislators reacted to tax reform plans.


UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 10, 2017, 9:41 p.m.

House GOP tax plan could jeopardize thousands of affordable housing units in Spokane County

The Republican tax reform plan being debated in Congress could eliminate a financing method used to construct the lion’s share of the nation’s affordable housing, confirming worries and drawing ire …


GOP tax bill gets modest changes

House Republicans on Monday again rejected President Donald Trump’s push to use their tax bill to repeal a critical piece of the Affordable Care Act, instead making only modest changes …


Debra J. Saunders: Can Trump overcome Trumpism?

It’s hard to see the path whereby Trump gets anything big through this Congress.


UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 27, 2017, 7:50 p.m.

Tax reform plan: Help for the middle class or a boon to the rich?

Republicans praise the new tax proposal while Sen. Patty Murray calls it a giveaway to the rich.


UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 27, 2017, 4:05 p.m.

Trump plan promises huge tax cuts, but big questions remain

President Donald Trump and congressional Republicans are proposing a far-reaching plan Wednesday that would cut taxes for individuals and corporations, simplify the tax system and nearly double the standard deduction …


Trump promising major tax reform

The White House and congressional Republicans are finalizing a tax plan that would slash the corporate rate while likely reducing the penalty for the wealthiest Americans, with President Donald Trump …


Pence making tax reform case in Indiana with eye on Donnelly

Vice President Mike Pence will make the Republican case for a federal tax code overhaul during a speech Friday in his home state of Indiana.


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 12, 2017, 7:08 p.m.

Senate GOP struggles with deficit in work on budget, taxes

Senate Republicans are struggling with how many billions of dollars President Donald Trump’s tax code overhaul will add to the deficit as they work on a GOP budget plan that’s …


Ramesh Ponnuru: Republicans face scaled-back tax plans

Republicans still have a vocal deficits-don’t-matter faction that will push for large tax cuts that the Congressional Budget Office would score as fiscally ruinous.


Hewitt: Embrace gas tax as patriotic

A “rebuild the fleet” tax would have deep appeal even to those patriots who might otherwise reject raising any federal tax.


UPDATED: Wed., May 31, 2017, 11 p.m.

Labrador talks education, lowering taxes at Post Falls campaign stop

Republican U.S. Rep. Raul Labrador promised to lower taxes, expand school choice and eliminate Common Core if elected the next governor of Idaho at a Post Falls campaign stop Wednesday.


House Republicans struggle with costs of tax overhaul

As House Republicans turn their attention toward a sweeping overhaul of the tax code, they’re struggling with two things: how much the package will cost and how much of that …


Reform taxes, but watch federal deficits

Our biggest concern is that the president’s proposal included no third Post-It note, the one that would analyze the impact of his tax cuts on the national debt and, crucially, …


Trump’s former advisers say he’s doing tax reform all wrong

A group of President Donald Trump’s former advisers are publicly calling on him to scrap his approach to reforming the tax system.