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  • Washington budgets remain in limbo

    OLYMPIA – With four days left to pass three multibillion-dollar budgets and make the changes in state law that accompany them, House Democrats on Wednesday pushed through a $900 million …


  • Tax extension for breweries off the table

    OLYMPIA – Some businesses and their customers could see higher taxes starting this summer as the state tries to increase the money it spends on public schools, but beer-makers and …


  • Vestal: Anti-school message hits the road with Alton money

    If you thought that Duane Alton’s anti-schools campaign had slowed down since it took a drubbing at the ballot box last fall, think again. It just shifted the battle ground …


  • Washington lawmakers face taxing dilemma

    OLYMPIA – The Legislature looked at raising a wide array of taxes Friday. Taxes on beer, on gasoline and on bottled water. On doctors and lawyers, on janitors and on …


  • Tax-related identity theft a growing problem

    WASHINGTON – An epidemic of tax-related identity theft continues to plague the Internal Revenue Service despite efforts by the agency and law enforcement officials to combat the fraud, witnesses told …


  • Tax help doesn’t require a dip into your wallet

    Free tax help is available, and it’s not only for those in financial need. Some organizations offer free services regardless of how much you earn. AARP, the nonprofit organization that …


  • Tax proposal could help small business, economy

    A notable piece of small-business news on Capitol Hill this year isn’t about a bill – it’s about a tax proposal that could lift some of the uncertainty owners have …


  • Diaz admits tax-dodging

    American welterweight Nick Diaz says he has never paid taxes. The revelation came after he talked about how poor his preparations were for UFC 158, a lopsided loss to champion …


  • Tax glitch will delay thousands’ refunds

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. – A tax-preparation glitch affecting about 660,000 tax returns will delay refunds by as long as six weeks, with customers of the nation’s largest tax preparer among …


  • Vestal: If supermajority votes govern, a minority rules

    “If a pertinacious minority can controul the opinion of a majority respecting the best mode of conducting it; the majority in order that something may be done, must conform to …


  • Washington Supreme Court rejects tax initiative

    OLYMPIA – Legislators have waited months for the Washington Supreme Court to answer a political question that has roiled the state for two decades: Can voters force them to round …


  • GOP set to block higher gasoline tax

    OLYMPIA – Legislative Republicans say they will block any proposed gas tax increase or other new fees on vehicles until the state makes major reforms in the way it builds …


  • Spokane Valley council watching state on lodging taxes

    Lodging tax funds were a focal point of the Spokane Valley City Council’s winter retreat on Tuesday. A clause in state law that allows lodging tax money to be spent …


  • For lawmakers, supermajority a taxing constitutional debate

    OLYMPIA – A proposed constitutional amendment gave a Senate panel another chance to argue whether democracy is helped or hurt by requiring legislative supermajorities to approve tax increases. Definitely helped, …


  • IRS simplifies guidelines for deducting home office

    There was a time, not long ago, when working at home and taking a home office deduction on a federal income tax return raised a huge red flag for IRS …


  • Veteran accountant Jerry Miller evolves with time, technology

    When does a person decide to become an accountant? When he realizes he doesn’t have enough charisma to be an undertaker.


  • Plan calls for hike in Washington gas tax

    OLYMPIA, Wash. – House Democrats unveiled a transportation revenue package Wednesday that would raise $9.8 billion over the next decade with the help of a 10-cent bump in the gas …


  • Tax takes bite out of cookie dough

    BOISE – As Girl Scouts fan out across the state for their annual cookie sale, Idaho taxes will gobble up 22 cents of every $3.75 box sold. The Girl Scouts …


  • Debate on deduction for state sales tax continues

    WASHINGTON – Each year, about a million Washington residents itemize their sales tax receipts and ease their federal tax burden by hundreds of dollars. For Dishman Dodge Chrysler manager Todd …


  • Tax vote law could be made permanent

    OLYMPIA – The Legislature should honor the “will of the people” and cement the requirement for a supermajority to raise taxes into the state constitution, Republican senators said Thursday. They …


  • Medical pot could soon be taxed

    Some lawmakers in Olympia say Washington state needs to tax sales of medical marijuana, just as it will tax sales of recreational marijuana if and when legal sales begin in …


  • Getting There: Cash-short transit agencies seek help

    Public transit officials in Washington are reaching out to state lawmakers, asking for new funding to help alleviate their troubled finances. Transit agencies in Pierce and Snohomish counties are facing …


  • Free tax preparation sessions at libraries

    As it does every year, the Internal Revenue Service is making a push to inform people about the earned income tax credit – a program for low- and middle-income families …


  • Why doesn’t this tax plan require a supermajority?

    Last year, voters in Washington approved Initiative 1185, a measure requiring supermajority votes of two-thirds to raise taxes in the Legislature. Voters approved I-1185 with a not-quite-supermajority of 63.9 percent.


  • Voters to decide whether 5-2 split needed on taxes

    Spokane’s Proposition 2 is a way to ensure strong consensus on important issues or a strategy for a minority to seize control from the majority. That’s the debate among Spokane …


  • Inslee wants coal ports, trains studied

    OLYMPIA – State and federal agencies studying potential impacts of a new coal terminal near Bellingham must consider the increased train traffic in Spokane and other cities around the state, …


  • Gregoire offers parting words

    OLYMPIA – In her last speech to a Legislature with which she sometimes fought, Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire said they accomplished much over the last eight years, but still have …


  • Budget remains pressing issue in new legislative session

    OLYMPIA – A new year, a new Legislature, a new administration – and maybe some new ideas to solve some old, familiar problems. That may be the best way to …


  • Inslee won’t rule out tax hikes

    OLYMPIA – The Legislature should consider a wide range of options in a search to increase gun safety and reduce the threat of violence, Gov.-elect Jay Inslee said Thursday. “There …


  • Tax season delayed; IRS moves first day of filing to Jan. 30

    WASHINGTON – Put down those calculators and step away from the kitchen table, for now at least, because tax season will start a little later this year. The Internal Revenue …


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