Tax Policy

We're Number 25...in wine taxes

Washington ranks right in the middle nationally for wine taxes, according to new numbers from the Tax Foundation. Check out their map to see how we compare to other states:

There may be support for proposed online sales tax, but could Washington actually collect any revenues?

The 2017–19 operating budget that was passed by the House earlier this year assumes enactment of several new taxes. These include requiring remote sellers, marketplace facilitators and referrers to collect and remit sales taxes on online purchases made by Washington residents or report the sales to the Department of Revenue (so that it could then collect use taxes from the buyers directly). It’s estimated that it would increase revenues by $329.2 million in 2017–19.

Seattle income tax details and legal questions

Last month, the Seattle City Council approved a resolution calling for a city income tax. A proposed ordinance has now been released, and there will be a hearing tomorrow.

Seattle is a taxing place

The Seattle City Council’s Affordable Housing, Neighborhoods, and Finance Committee will meet tomorrow to possibly vote on the proposed pop tax (technically “a tax on engaging in the business of distributing sweetened beverages”) and to discuss an income tax for the city. (See today's 

When it comes to public policy, watch your phraseology!

Opportunity Washington has a good post on tax policy terminology that links to a new paper about getting past the

Policy Today podcast: A new capital gains tax for Washington state?

With proposals for implementing a state capital gains tax making the rounds in the Legislature, we discuss what a capital gains tax is, what the proposals are, and how they would affect Washington state.

Click here for our recent analysis of the capital gains tax proposals.

New Special Report: Proposals For A State Capital Gains Tax

We're out today with a Special Report looking at proposals in the Legislature for a state capital gains tax. You can read it here.

Here are some highlights:

Policy Today podcast: A more fair tax-appeals process for Washington state

In today's episode we discuss Washington state's less-than-stellar system for tax appeals, and how it could be improved. We recently wrote a report on making the state tax-appeals process more fair -- which could include the creation of a state tax court. Bipartisan legislation to do just that has been introduced in the state Legislature this year.

Policy Today podcast: How Tax Policy Affects the Economy

In this episode we discuss our recent Special Report, "Using Tax Policy to Promote Economic Vitality." Too often, adjustments to our state tax system are portrayed simply as "breaks" that give certain industries and/or companies special treatment. But as our report shows, these adjustments play a crucial role in keeping Washington competitive with other states for jobs and economic activity that could very easily go elsewhere.

Special Report: Using Tax Policy to Promote Economic Vitality

Our latest Special Report, "Using Tax Policy to Promote Economic Vitality," offers a comprehensive look at Washington's system of business taxes and tax preferences. You can read the report here.

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