Stories tagged: taxes
Thu., Feb. 18, 2016
Editorial: Health benefits in raising smoking age to 21 would outweigh revenue loss
A short-term dip in sales-tax revenue is a poor reason to delay raising the cigarette-buying age to 21.
Wed., Feb. 17, 2016, 2:21 p.m.
Idaho House divided over removing sales tax from Girl Scout cookies
The Idaho House narrowly passed legislation Wednesday to remove the state’s distinction as one of just two states that imposes sales taxes on Girl Scout cookies, after North Idaho Rep. …
Wed., Feb. 17, 2016, 11:03 a.m.
Revenue projections for Washington lower than expected
As lawmakers prepare to unveil a supplemental budget proposal, they have learned that they have a little less money to work with in the current budget cycle.
Fri., Feb. 12, 2016, 12:19 p.m.
Senate rejects constitutional amendment on tax increases
The state Senate failed to reach the required vote threshold required to send voters a constitutional amendment asking if they want to require a two-thirds supermajority in the Legislature for …
Thu., Feb. 11, 2016, 12:48 p.m.
Congress gives final OK to banning local Internet taxes
Congress voted Thursday to permanently bar state and local governments from taxing access to the Internet, as lawmakers leapt at an election-year chance to demonstrate their opposition to imposing levies …
Tue., Feb. 9, 2016, 2:49 p.m.
Idaho bill could raise homeowners’ taxes in Kootenai County
The Idaho House voted Tuesday to remove the inflation index from the state’s homeowner’s exemption from property taxes, instead fixing the exemption at a maximum of $100,000 - and opening …
Mon., Feb. 8, 2016, 1:22 p.m.
Tax conformity bill headed to governor’s desk
The Idaho Senate has approved legislation to bring the state’s tax code in line with federal rules, a move estimated to cost Idaho roughly $46 million over two years.
Mon., Feb. 8, 2016, 10:48 a.m.
House panel introduces Girl Scout sales tax bill
Idaho Girl Scouts would get a tax break on each box of Thin Mints under legislation introduced in a House committee.
Sun., Feb. 7, 2016, 5 a.m.
Eye on Boise: Idaho county assessors stunned by House panel vote
BOISE – County assessors, in town for an Idaho Association of Counties meeting, were stunned to hear the House tax committee vote to remove the annual indexing of the homeowner’s …
Fri., Feb. 5, 2016, 5:52 a.m.
Obama seeks $10-per-barrel oil tax to fund clean transport
President Barack Obama wants oil companies to pay a $10 fee for every barrel of oil to help fund investments in clean transportation that fight climate change.
Wed., Feb. 3, 2016, 5:53 p.m.
IRS computer problems shut down tax return e-file system
The IRS stopped accepting electronically filed tax returns Wednesday because of problems with some of its computer systems. The outage could affect refunds, but the agency said it doesn’t anticipate …
Tue., Feb. 2, 2016, 3:04 p.m.
IRS: it’s worth your time to see if you’re eligible for the Earned Income Tax Credit
The IRS wants taxpayers who earned less than $53,267 last year to know that they may qualify for a lucrative credit that can put thousands of dollars back in their …
Tue., Feb. 2, 2016, 7:53 a.m.
IRS phone service has left taxpayers on hold
The Internal Revenue Service, which saw its workforce dwindle steadily from 2010 to 2015, says a modest budget increase has left it better equipped to respond to the tens of …
Mon., Feb. 1, 2016, 1:54 p.m.
Idaho House panel backs tax-cut bill
An Idaho House panel has cleared a $22.6 million tax cut proposal that would lower tax rates for the state’s top individual earners and businesses.
Fri., Jan. 29, 2016, 4:21 p.m.
Rep. Scott fails to kill tax bill despite gay marriage issues
North Idaho Rep. Heather Scott tried to get the tax conformity bill killed in the House today, but failed; she still maintains she’s on the constitutional high ground. The bill …
Thu., Jan. 21, 2016
Idaho bill would make aircraft-parts tax break permanent; backers say it’s worked as promised
BOISE - Idaho lawmakers want to turn a temporary tax break for aircraft repair firms into a permanent business enticement. “It’s created a lot of jobs,” said House Majority Leader …
Tue., Jan. 19, 2016, 3:08 p.m.
Congressional Budget Office: Economy grows, but so does deficit, thanks to tax breaks
The U.S. economy is on track to expand “solidly” this year, but the federal deficit is creeping up again, thanks in large part to a package of tax breaks enacted …
Tue., Nov. 3, 2015
Samuelson: Middle class must pay more taxes
GOP tax cuts, Democrat tax hikes on rich don’t solve budget problems.
UPDATED: Mon., Nov. 2, 2015, 10:33 p.m.
Former Idaho lawmaker re-buys home at auction, fails to pay on time
Tax-protesting former Idaho State Rep. Phil Hart successfully purchased his Athol home from the IRS at a public auction last month, but he missed an Oct. 22 deadline to pay …
Wed., Oct. 28, 2015, 7:30 p.m.
Millwood gets big marijuana tax reimbursement
Millwood, a suburb of roughly 1,800 residents, recently got its first check from Washington state as a reimbursement of marijuana tax revenue.
UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 27, 2015, 11:51 a.m.
Spokane County property taxes due Oct. 31
The second half of property taxes for 2015 are due to the Spokane County Treasurer’s Office on Oct. 31.
UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 19, 2015, 5:18 p.m.
I-1366 is another swing at tax supermajority requirement
I-1366 tries to force the Legislature into a super-majority to pass tax increases.
UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 16, 2015, 8:50 p.m.
Knezovich continues push for permanent Sheriff’s Office training site
Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich wants a law enforcement training facility at the Spokane Raceway Park.
Sun., Oct. 11, 2015
Editorial: I-1366 a surefire way to gridlock, or education cuts
Tim Eyman’s latest budget-exploding initiative could be his worst. It could also be his last. Voters should send it to a resounding defeat.
Fri., Oct. 9, 2015
S-R editorial: Talent trumps taxes for businesses looking to grow, relocate
Outgoing Idaho Commerce director says employers are focused on the availability of skilled workers, not tax breaks.
Wed., Aug. 5, 2015
July pot sales end hot streak
Marijuana sales in Spokane County dipped in July, the first drop in month-to-month retail receipts since the drug became legal. The county’s 15 shops sold $3.8 million worth of marijuana …
Fri., July 31, 2015
Washington gas tax goes up Saturday
Washington’s gasoline tax goes up 7 cents Saturday but your price at the pump won’t automatically jump by that amount at 12:01 a.m. It could go up that much or …
Tue., July 14, 2015
Spokane County files appeal to reverse tax-break ruling
Spokane County will continue to fight a tax break for military veterans and low-income retirees it says the city of Spokane illegally promised. The state has joined the county, saying …
Wed., July 1, 2015
Spokane County treasurer defends action in clash with city
A squabble between city and county officials regarding property tax exemptions continued Tuesday with Spokane County Treasurer Rob Chase hitting back at the allegation that his office is engaged in …
Tue., May 5, 2015
State capital gains tax wins favor at Democratic hearing
OLYMPIA – With most legislators away from the Capitol and any budget negotiations behind closed doors, Democrats invited people from around the state to a hearing to support a capital …