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Democrats eye capital gains tax

WASHINGTON – Democratic congressional leaders, intensifying the health care drive in marathon White House talks Wednesday, are considering a new strategy to help finance their plan – applying the Medicare …


IRS tax help line shoots for serving 7 out of 10 callers

Need help with your taxes? Good luck reaching the IRS. Three out of 10 people who call the toll-free help line this tax season won’t get through to a human …


Editorial: Sales tax deduction deserves permanence

The sales tax deduction that Washingtonians have come to expect on their federal returns expires with the 2009 tax year, but Congress can still adopt a one-year extension that can …


House votes to extend $31B in expiring tax breaks

The House voted Wednesday to extend $31 billion in popular tax breaks, including an income tax deduction for sales and property taxes, to be financed with a tax increase on …


Gregoire: Tax hikes needed to save programs

Making her case for tax increases, Gov. Chris Gregoire on Wednesday presented a bleak plan to balance the state budget by wiping out spending for health care, welfare and education …


Gregoire to explore tax hikes in budget

OLYMPIA – Gov. Chris Gregoire will definitely propose a tax package to avoid the deepest cuts in state spending needed to fill a $2.6 billion state budget deficit. The only …


Millions may have to repay part of federal tax credit

WASHINGTON – More than 15 million taxpayers may owe the government $250 or more because of how the IRS last spring set up President Barack Obama’s tax break that was …


Millions will have to repay part of tax credit

More than 15 million taxpayers may owe the government $250 or more because of how the IRS last spring set up President Barack Obama’s tax break that was designed to …


Otter solicits ideas

BOISE – Gov. Butch Otter appealed to Idahoans on Friday to send him their ideas on how the state can save money, as one Idaho lawmaker called for a tax …


Lawmakers seek to extend $8,000 tax credit

Lawmakers are trying to extend and expand an $8,000 federal tax credit for first-time homebuyers, a stimulus-package tax break that many regard as a significant prop for the still-tottering economy.


IRS nixes home writeoff

UPPER ARLINGTON, Ohio – The battered house on Sherwin Road was put to good use before the fire department burned it to the ground. SWAT teams barged through the front …


States climb tax rankings

Washington and Idaho are at a standstill, and that proved to be a good thing Tuesday in new rankings from the Tax Foundation. In its 2010 State Business Tax Climate …


Judge won’t edit Wash. voter’s pamphlet for I-1033

A judge has refused to order changes to the state voter’s pamphlet in a dispute over Initiative 1033, the latest ballot issue sponsored by professional anti-tax activist Tim Eyman.


Idaho gov tells agencies to prepare for new cuts

Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter has given state agency directors until the end of next week to draft plans to cut millions from their spending as state tax revenue continues to …


Tax critics to rally again

OLYMPIA – Encouraged by the large turnout this spring at anti-tax rallies, critics of government spending are planning a new round of demonstrations July 4. Events are planned in more …


Baucus outlines possible tax

WASHINGTON – A Senate plan to overhaul the nation’s health system is likely to include a new tax on some employer-provided health benefits that exceed the value of the basic …


Obama open to benefits tax

WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama, in a pivot from some of his harshest campaign rhetoric, told Democratic senators Tuesday that he is willing to consider taxing employer-sponsored health benefits to …


State imposes costly cure for budget hangover

OLYMPIA – If you like liquor – particularly high-end stuff – buy it before August. Washington’s liquor control board Wednesday voted to raise the state markup on liquor by an …


Difficult times require response by taxpayers

I join all people of goodwill who are dismayed by the prospects of this economy and the horrendous ripple effects forced on state government. But it isn’t enough to throw …


Eye on Olympia: Education reform pits PTA, WEA

OLYMPIA – In a legislative session with more than its share of surprises, one of the biggest has been the heated battle between school advocates over proposed reforms. On one …


CdA voters face decision on replacement school levy

New math books, field trips and some teachers are among cuts planned in the Coeur d’Alene School District. And that’s if the district’s replacement levy is passed by voters this …


Health care groups push for sales-tax hike

Health care groups and advocates for low-income families are hoping lawmakers will ask voters to raise sales taxes.


Income tax burden near its all-time low

WASHINGTON – As thousands of anti-tax protesters rallied across the nation Wednesday and the president promised tax cuts for most, new data showed that the federal income tax burden is …


Thousands protest taxes in Olympia

A crowd of 4,000 to 5,000 descended on the state capitol in Olympia today, blasting taxes and government spending.


In brief: Mail center best bet for late tax postmark

With the advent of online tax filing, the U.S. Postal Service has scaled back the number of locations it keeps open to accommodate those needing the all-important April 15 postmark. …


Tax-day tea parties planned around region

From the Spokane Convention Center to Coeur d’Alene’s Independence Point to Colfax’s Codger Pole, tax protesters around the Northwest will gather Wednesday at Tea Parties.


Cal Thomas: Taxpayers, keep a tight fist

April 15 might become the biggest tax-and-spend protest since the Boston Tea Party of 1773. Politicians fear spontaneous citizen outrage. That’s because when the public realizes they have been scammed, …


For some tax filers, streamlined system another reason to wait

Don Hearn is waiting until the last minute. As he usually does. “Even when I’m getting a refund,” he says. “I don’t care. I file late.” The last minute has …


Tax procrastinators take note: Act now or pay the price later

If you haven’t filed your taxes yet, you might want to start counting the hours – rather than days – until deadline. Tax returns, and any taxes owed, must be …


Senate votes to keep sales tax deduction

WASHINGTON – The Senate fulfilled a dream for taxpayers in several states without income taxes by making permanent the sales tax deductions on their federal income tax. Senate Majority Leader …