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Spokane sales tax will fund affordable housing after measure passes council

The Spokane City Council unanimously adopted legislation on Monday that will redirect a portion of the state’s sales tax revenue into local affordable housing projects.


Spokane sales tax revenue could be funneled to affordable housing

The City Council is scheduled to consider a measure Dec. 9 that would redirect some of the local sales tax collections directly toward affordable housing in Spokane, before it reaches …


UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 4, 2019

Washington voters can ‘advise’ on a dozen tax changes, but lawmakers can ignore them

A dozen advisory votes are on the November ballot.


Seattle considers study on exempting tampons from sales tax

Seattle City Council members have thrown initial support behind a proposal that would study the possibility of exempting tampons and other menstrual hygiene products from the city’s portion of the …


E-commerce sales tax coming to Washington

Washington state will require businesses to collect sales tax for items shipped to out-of-state customers beginning Monday.


Froma Harrop: Are low prices always a good thing?

Here’s a question for America’s consumers: Are low prices always in our best interests? And what is the end game should giant online retailers become the only place to shop?


Supreme Court ruling on internet sales taxes likely to hit home in Idaho

This year, Idaho passed long-sought legislation from Rep. Lance Clow, R-Twin Falls, to require that to happen in cases in which the seller has an affiliate retailer in Idaho who …


Supreme Court’s sales tax ruling could boost Washington budget

Washington could get a boost in tax revenues worth hundreds of millions of dollars from a new Supreme Court ruling on collecting sales taxes from online purchases.


UPDATED: Thu., June 21, 2018

High Court: Online shoppers can be forced to pay sales tax

States will be able to force more people to pay sales tax when they make online purchases under a Supreme Court decision Thursday that will leave shoppers with lighter wallets …


UPDATED: Tue., April 17, 2018

High court worries about abandoning online sales tax rule

The Supreme Court sounded concerned Tuesday about doing away with a rule that has meant shoppers don’t always get charged sales tax when they hit “checkout” online.


Clicking ‘checkout’ could cost more after Supreme Court case

Sales Tax: $0. Online shoppers have gotten used to seeing that line on checkout screens before they click “purchase.” But a case before the Supreme Court could change that.


UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 12, 2018

Supreme Court to hear sales tax collection case

The Supreme Court agreed Friday to wade into the issue of sales tax collection on internet purchases in a case that could force consumers to pay more for certain purchases …


County, city calculate sales tax loss from ‘leakage’ to Oregon

Vancouver is losing out on more than $300,000 annually in vehicle registration tab fees, but that’s not the only financial loss the city endures when its residents hold on to …


UPDATED: Sat., June 24, 2017

Teague: Online sales-tax collection levels playing field

Small businesses supporting their local communities throughout the state are currently getting beaten by out-of-state online sellers who unfairly compete by not collecting sales taxes.


UPDATED: Tue., May 23, 2017

Spokane County rolls out emergency notification system, smartphone app funded by sales tax

Local officials on Tuesday rolled out a new smartphone app and notification system that delivers real-time updates about local emergencies.


Editorial: Vote yes for vital communications systems

First responders say the communication upgrade was clearly beneficial during recent wildfires and the big windstorm of 2015. Fire and police were able to maintain communications throughout the windstorm and …


STA sales tax increase starts Saturday

A sales tax increase of a tenth of a penny for transit goes into effect on Saturday after voters last fall approved the additional funding


UPDATED: Mon., March 27, 2017

Idaho lawmakers back repeal of sales tax on groceries, send bill to Gov. Otter

Idaho would repeal its 6 percent sales tax on groceries on June 1, 2018, if Gov. Butch Otter doesn’t veto the bill – but he’s hinted he might well. The …


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: Thu., March 2, 2017

Lawmakers step up push to repeal Idaho’s sales tax on groceries

Eighteen senators and representatives gathered for a news conference Thursday to press for repealing Idaho’s 6 percent sales tax on groceries – and announced that they’re up to 48 cosponsors …


Past opinions provide perspective

Looking Back reviews opinions published in The Spokesman-Review during this week in history. Consolidation, Jan. 20, 1919


Oregonians say no to Measure 97 on corporate tax

Oregonians on Tuesday shot down a state ballot measure that would have taxed companies’ sales of more than $25 million, with many voters worrying that it would hit their own …


Gary Crooks: A modest proposal to fund schools

We could come up with a solution to fully funding basic education in Washington state: “A Modest Proposal for Preventing Children From Being a Burden to Wealthy Taxpayers.”


Consumers make state revenue picture brighter

Revenue projections for the state are up for the next three years.


New York set to eliminate tampon tax

New York’s Legislature has given its final approval to exempting tampons and other feminine hygiene products from state sales taxes.


Chicago removes sales tax on tampons, sanitary napkins

The Chicago City Council has rescinded a city sales tax on tampons and sanitary napkins.


Bills to address Washington’s ‘tampon tax’ died without a hearing

Bills to eliminate the sales tax on feminine hygiene products in the 2016 session didn’t get a hearing.


Mill Creek will soon have highest sales tax in Washington

The city of Mill Creek will soon have the highest sales tax in Washington state.


Costco eyes move north out of Spokane city limits

Issaquah wholesale retailer Costco is eyeing a move north on Highway 2 that has the potential to take at least $1 million of annual sales tax revenue from the city …


Idaho ballot proposal would lower sales tax, cut exemptions

The League of Women Voters of Idaho is launching a ballot initiative drive to lower Idaho’s sales tax from 6 percent to 5 percent.