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Spin Control: Focused taxes will fix budget crunch

OLYMPIA – The Legislature is moving toward a fight over taxes that will ultimately come down to which ones to raise. Although Republicans and some Democrats will say “none,” odds …


Gregoire floats taxes on soda, candy, bottled water

OLYMPIA – Gov. Chris Gregoire proposed this afternoon a series of tax increases as part of what she calls a “balanced approach” to the worst economic times in more than …


Senate suspends part of I-960

OLYMPIA – The Legislature would be able to raise taxes this session and next with a simple majority vote under a bill approved Tuesday in the state Senate. In the …


Wash. Senate OKs lowering hurdle for tax raises

The Legislature would be able to raise taxes this session and next with a simple majority vote under a bill approved Tuesday in the state Senate.


House panel approves tax break for shelters

BOISE – Even as Democrats in both houses of the Idaho Legislature are pressing to repeal some of Idaho’s existing tax breaks, a Democratic lawmaker on Wednesday successfully championed the …


Citizens’ tax curb on block

OLYMPIA – Senate leaders want to make it easier for state lawmakers to raise taxes. Democrats will begin a move today to suspend the supermajority required to raise taxes that …


Obama budget would impose host of tax increases

While President Barack Obama is proposing to cut some taxes for companies that hire workers, his budget would raise a host of other taxes on businesses and wealthy individuals.


Obama unveils budget with $3.83T in spending

President Barack Obama unveiled a multitrillion-dollar spending plan Monday, pledging an intensified effort to combat high unemployment and asking Congress to quickly approve new job-creation efforts that would boost the …


Tax-Aide volunteers gear up

In the interest of helping people file their taxes, Gerald Scharrenberger pretended to be a 49-year-old divorced mother of two on Tuesday morning at Silver Lake Mall. Sitting across from …


Tough times could boost use of tax refund loans

WASHINGTON – After several years of declining use, tax refund anticipation loans could make a big comeback this tax season among cash-strapped taxpayers. Known as “RALs,” refund anticipation loans are …


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 …