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Senate delays vote on tax plan

OLYMPIA – After more than four hours of sometimes contentious debate over a proposal to raise taxes on consumers and a wide range of businesses, Senate Democrats and Republicans put …


Senate panel OKs tax hike

OLYMPIA – Despite warnings of wrath from voters in November, Senate Democrats moved a step closer to a vote on some $890 million in tax increases to fix the state’s …


Tax plan progresses in spite of criticism

OLYMPIA – A new tax proposal would place unfair burdens on a wide range of residents, from janitors to plastic surgeons and cigar sellers to candy makers, opponents of the …


House enters tax plan fray

OLYMPIA – People who smoke, chew gum, drink bottled water or get a face lift would pay more taxes this year under a plan by House Democrats to find extra …


Wash. House Democrats detail $760 million tax plan

State House Democrats want to raise about $760 million in taxes by closing a long list of sales and business tax exemptions and collecting more money from smokers, bankers, lawyers …


Senate Dems: Sales tax hike would help balance cuts

Senate Democrats unveiled a budget proposal that calls for a three-tenths of 1 cent sales tax hike for the next three years, an extra $1 per pack for cigarettes and …


Senate OKs curb on I-960 for third time

OLYMPIA – For the third time in three weeks, the state Senate voted to suspend a state law that requires a two-thirds majority for any tax increase. The arguments from …


State senate approves I-960 suspension for the third time

OLYMPIA — The Washington state Senate voted for the third time to suspend some requirements of Initative 960, including the two-thirds supermajority needed to raise taxes.


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 …