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UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 16, 2018, 9:37 p.m.

Stuckart proposes gun tax to fund mental health services in Spokane

City Council President Ben Stuckart wants to levy a tax on sales of guns and ammunition within city limits, with the proceeds going to fund mental health programs. He’ll have …


State looking at $1.3 billion extra from strong economy

Boosted by a strong economy, Washington can expect an extra $1.3 billion in tax revenues over the next three years, legislators were told Thursday. Some could go back to taxpayers, …


BBB Tip of the Week: Beware of tax season scams

By now you should have received your W-2 form in order to file your 2017 taxes. These tax forms are easy to identify because of their unique size and shape. …


House panel introduces bill banning some public lobbying

An Idaho House panel on Thursday introduced legislation banning state agencies, universities and school districts from hiring lobbyists to influence state lawmakers.


Shawn Vestal: If you think tax cuts are unleashing the economy, wait till you see the pot numbers

The new federal tax cuts should add a jolt to the state’s economy, a new revenue forecast says. Not a huge jolt. Not a marijuana-sized jolt.


Oregon approves new taxes to address rising Medicaid costs

Oregon approved taxes on hospitals, health insurers and managed care companies in an unusual special election Tuesday that asked voters – and not lawmakers – how to pay for soaring …


Eye on Boise: Hemming, hawing, and truck registration fees

The legislative interim committee charged with re-examining truck registration fees in Idaho met again last week, after learning that its Nov. 9


UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 5, 2018, 1:37 p.m.

Candidate plans to cut Idaho taxes if he’s elected governor

U.S. Rep. Raul Labrador says he plans to cut Idaho’s sales, individual and corporate tax rates to 5 percent each if he’s elected governor of the state.


UPDATED: Mon., Jan. 1, 2018, 4:58 p.m.

Tax on medical devices to resume after 2-year suspension

While much of corporate America will enjoy a tax cut in the new year, one industry is getting a tax increase it has fought hard but so far unsuccessfully to …


Montana revises feared revenue hit from tax bill

Federal tax cuts passed into law will deliver less of a blow to Montana revenue than first expected, state officials say.


UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 27, 2017, 12:57 p.m.

Long lines at tax offices as homeowners try to beat hike

Homeowners are lining up in droves at local tax collection offices, hoping for one last chance to take advantage of a major tax deduction before it is wiped out in …


Court: Simplot Foundation must pay taxes on JUMP facility

The Idaho Supreme Court has ruled that the J.R. Simplot Foundation was not eligible for a tax exemption while constructing is “urban meeting place” in downtown Boise in 2015.


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 …


Senate chairman disputes report of Corker add to tax bill

The Senate Finance Committee chairman on Monday rejected as “categorically false” a report that Republican Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee was responsible for a provision in the final tax bill …


Budget guessing game: Where will the money come from?

Waiting for the governor to release his 2018 supplemental budget, critics guessed wrong on where the extra money might come from.


UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 13, 2017, 2:39 p.m.

GOP says it’s got a deal on taxes; cuts coming for next year

Confident congressional Republicans forged an agreement Wednesday on a major overhaul of the nation’s tax laws that would provide generous tax cuts for corporations and the wealthiest Americans – Donald …


Outside View: Tax plan unfairly hits grad students

If the goal of the tax package is to make the United States more economically competitive, penalizing students and higher education is not the way to do it.


Lawmakers work to reconcile dueling House, Senate tax bills

Significant differences separate the massive tax packages passed by the House and Senate on estate taxes, health care and a prized deduction for home mortgage interest, though Republican leaders are …


Graduate students argue against taxing tuition waivers

Graduate students around the U.S. are staging campus walk-outs and lobbying Congress in an effort to keep their tuition waivers tax-free.


Senate versus House tax plans: A comparison

Here’s a rundown of the Senate’s newly-passed bill as compared to the House of Representatives’ plan, which was passed in November.


UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 1, 2017, 11:29 p.m.

As tax bill evolved, benefits for corporations and the wealthy grew

When Senate Republicans introduced their tax bill in the middle of last month, they faced competing interests: Some senators thought it wasn’t generous enough for working families. Others thought it …


UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 30, 2017, 5:25 p.m.

WSU grad students sound off on GOP tax plan

Washington State University graduate students gathered Wednesday to mount some last-minute opposition to the Republican tax plan that’s barreling through Congress.


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 28, 2017, 4:06 p.m.

Idaho Sen. Risch touts Senate GOP tax bill, saying it’ll let ‘job creators prosper’

Idaho Sen. Jim Risch, who chairs the Senate Small Business Committee, spoke out in favor of the


UPDATED: Mon., Nov. 27, 2017, 11:43 a.m.

Senate GOP tax bill hurts the poor more than originally thought, CBO finds

The Senate Republican tax plan would give substantial tax cuts and benefits to Americans earning more than $100,000 a year, while the nation’s poorest would be worse off, according to …


UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 22, 2017, 5:06 p.m.

City Council shifts lodging tax allocations to Spokane Valley events

Hotel taxes collected in Spokane Valley should stay in Spokane Valley, city officials decided this week. The Spokane Valley City Council on Tuesday modified how it plans to spend the …


Shawn Vestal: Ad for GOP’s tax plan leaves out story’s ending

Even in the imaginary world of ‘Tom’ and ‘Cindy’ the GOP tax plan falls short in the long run.


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: Fri., Nov. 17, 2017, 10:22 p.m.

Q&A: Cathy McMorris Rodgers addresses her vote in support of the House tax plan

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers says that benefits far outweigh the risks in the House tax reform bill passed this week.


UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 17, 2017, 10:23 p.m.

McMorris Rodgers joins GOP calling for Senate candidate Roy Moore to drop Alabama bid

The congresswoman, who is making a push for large-scale tax reform by the end of this year, is calling on the judge at the center of sexual misconduct and assault …


UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 17, 2017, 10:22 p.m.

Local colleges want tax bill changed to help graduate students

Tax bill that passed GOP-controlled House would put graduate students in a financial pinch by taxing tuition waivers.