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Spokane Valley council passes symbolic prohibition on income tax

Spokane Valley City Council unanimously voted Tuesday night to prohibit any future income tax in the city, even if it becomes legal in Washington.

UPDATED: Mon., Nov. 18, 2019

Chief justice orders delay in House fight for Trump records

Chief Justice John Roberts is ordering an indefinite delay in the House of Representatives’ demand for President Donald Trump’s financial records to give the Supreme Court time to figure out …

Federal judges seem skeptical of Trump arguments in tax case

Three judges on a federal appeals panel appeared inclined Wednesday to reject arguments that President Donald Trump’s tax returns can’t be given to a New York grand jury because he …

UPDATED: Sat., Oct. 5, 2019

Spokane Proposition 2 would outlaw a local income tax, as courts weigh legality of Seattle measure

Sponsor Michael Cathcart said the measure is intended to make sure the city remains competitive in business recruitment.

100 years ago in Spokane: IRS worker explains the income tax

An Internal Revenue Service collector in Spokane attempted to explain the complex rules regarding a relatively recent kind of tax, the federal income tax.

UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 11, 2019

High court declines to review Seattle income tax ruling

The state Supreme Court has declined to immediately take up the lower-court ruling that killed Seattle’s income tax and is instead sending the case to the Court of Appeals.

UPDATED: Thu., May 24, 2018

Seattle’s head tax is bad for Washington business, panelists say

A panel at the Washington Policy Center’s “Solution Summit” discussed possible statewide implications of Seattle head tax Wednesday.

UPDATED: Wed., April 18, 2018

Brown releases joint tax return showing $320K in income, more than $69K in taxes

A tale of the 1040s: Democratic challenger Lisa Brown and her husband paid more taxes on higher income than Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers and her husband.

Judge makes right call on income tax

Judge Ruhl’s ruling likely will be appealed, and it likely will land in the state Supreme Court, where it should be an easy legal call for the nine justices to …

UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 23, 2017

Judge rules against Seattle income tax on high earners

A judge ruled Wednesday that a new income tax on wealthy Seattle residents is illegal.

UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 10, 2017

Shawn Vestal: Trump’s trickle-down tax plan a boon to the rich

One in four Spokane County households lives on $25,000 or less a year. More than half of those households live on $15,000 or less, according to census data. And more …

AG should challenge income tax

Ultimately, it’s about making sure Seattle (or any local government) can’t circumvent the state constitution. As such, the place to take a stand is when the law is ignored.

UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 27, 2017

Trump plan promises huge tax cuts, but big questions remain

President Donald Trump and congressional Republicans are proposing a far-reaching plan Wednesday that would cut taxes for individuals and corporations, simplify the tax system and nearly double the standard deduction …

Seattle to pay up to $250K to defend new city income tax

Seattle has agreed to pay a law firm up to $250,000 to help defend the city’s new income tax on wealthy households.

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Looking Back reviews opinions published in The Spokesman-Review during this week in history. Will Rogers, RIP, Aug. 17, 1935

UPDATED: Mon., July 10, 2017

Seattle approves new income tax for wealthy residents

Seattle’s wealthiest would become the only Washington state residents to pay an income tax under legislation approved by the City Council, a measure designed as much to raise revenue as …

UPDATED: Thu., July 6, 2017

Seattle tax on wealthy residents clears council committee

The Seattle City Council finance committee has approved a proposed income tax on high-income households.

Seattle council members’ tax plan targets top 5 percent

A couple of Seattle City Council members have gained the blessing of Mayor Ed Murray on a draft ordinance to impose a citywide income tax.

Trump has ‘no intention’ of releasing tax returns, Treasury secretary proclaims

The U.S. treasury secretary says President Donald Trump “has no intention” of releasing his taxes returns to the public.

NY lawmakers: Compel Trump to release state tax returns

New York would release the state tax returns for Donald Trump and other New Yorkers holding high office under state legislation crafted by Democratic lawmakers.

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Looking Back reviews opinions published in The Spokesman-Review during this week in history. Global warming, April 28, 1974

Seattle mayor says he’ll propose income tax on top earners

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray, facing a tough re-election bid amid sexual abuse allegations, says he plans to propose a city income tax on “high-end” households.

Tax tips for last-minute filers

It’s mid-April and you haven’t filed your income tax returns yet? People have a million reasons to procrastinate and, in some cases, run up against the tax filing deadline, which …

Americans’ attitudes about taxes mixed

Even if all Americans were satisfied with their present tax situation – clearly not the case – it does not follow that everyone would be happy if their taxes were …

UPDATED: Wed., March 15, 2017

Idaho House, Senate near compromise on tax cuts

A compromise is emerging between the Idaho House and the Senate on tax cuts, as lawmakers push to wrap up this year’s legislative session.

UPDATED: Tue., March 14, 2017

This 2005 Donald Trump tax return is a total nothingburger

MSNBC host Rachel Maddow spent hours touting a massive scoop: She – or more accurately veteran investigative reporter David Cay Johnston – had gotten her hands on President Donald Trump’s …

UPDATED: Tue., March 7, 2017

Does keeping Washington income tax-free help attract top athletes? Sen. Mike Baumgartner thinks so.

Senate fails to muster needed supermajority for a constitutional amendment blocking a state income tax.

Washington state GOP lawmakers push for income tax amendment

Several Central Washington House Republicans are seeking a constitutional amendment that would prohibit a state income tax. Rep. Matt Manweller, R-Ellensburg, lead sponsor and one of 38 House Republicans who …

Sen. Mark Schoesler: Income tax is the real issue, not schools

Some folks want the people of Washington to think the big issue in our upcoming legislative session is public education. They say it’s all about the children, the schools and …

Oregon group unveils new corporate tax plan after Measure 97 loss

Oregon public employees unions and advocacy groups have unveiled a tax proposal that’s similar to one rejected by voters last month.