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TAXES: Income tax would be more equitable

Letter by Dan Rathbun, Tacoma on Jan. 23, 2012 at 1:08 pm with 10 Comments »
January 23, 2012 1:41 pm

With the governor’s request for a sales tax increase, isn’t it about time to reconsider our tax base? For a multitude of reasons, we should change to a graduated income tax.

Boeing projects increasing production of 737 aircraft in Renton to 40 per month. My reading of the sales tax exemption list indicates no sales tax will be collected on them. None. The exemption list for businesses is long and comprehensive.

Besides being fairer, an income tax is also deductible from federal income taxes. Limited deductions keep all rates low. If a business isn’t profitable, taxpayers should not subsidize it.

It’s past time to consider shifting the tax burdens from those least able to avoid them.

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  1. Dan, the ONLY way I will ever support a Washington state Income Tax, is if there is a guarantee added by amendment to the state constitution that the state Income Tax will REPLACE the state Sales Tax, and that the state constitution will NEVER allow there to be BOTH an Income Tax and Sales Tax at the same time in the state of Washington.

    Income Tax or Sales Tax: one or the other, but NEVER BOTH in Washington state.

  2. Vox_clamantis_in_deserto says:

    First of all, you’re dead wrong on Boing, Dan. Boeing pays 0.002904 B&O sales taxes on planes manufactured in Washington State, even if they are sold outside of Washington State. That’s about 290,000 per 100 million dollar plane. And remember, they can always take this manufacturing to South Carolina… after Holder and Co. are (soon) gone.

    It really is impossible to listen to the advise of someone whose whole premise is a non-starter.

    You’re all over the map here, Dan. What are you proposing – business or personal income tax… or both?

    If a business isn’t profitable, taxpayers should not subsidize it.

    What business are you referring to? BOEING??????? LMAO

    Please, tell me what unprofitable businesses in this state are being “subsidized” by the state.

    Move to Cantifordia, Dan.

  3. I’m mostly a lurker here, but for once I agree with Muck…

    I’m going to write this day on my calendar.

  4. sandblower says:

    It is past time for an income tax on individuals in the State of Washington. I could even be happy with a sales tax on selected items excluding food, if it had a cap at say 6%

  5. alindasue says:

    I think muckibr pretty much expressed it well for a lot of us. Either we have an income tax or we have a sales tax, but not both.

  6. taxedenoughintacoma says:

    Income Tax,,,,,,will never happen and you all know it. The people do not trust any governments any longer. You can’t ask for tax policy change when the people have lost total trust in Olympia.

    Next topic please.

  7. I agree with muckibr too. One or the other. Anyone who wants to pay both have a lot of states they can choose from to move too.

  8. And remember, they can always take this manufacturing to South Carolina…

    …just ask the good folks in Wichita, KS.

  9. BlaineCGarver says:

    Well, I’d look at contributions to Queen Chris to see who gets sweetheart deals on tax breaks (tribes, and this newspaper, for starters)

  10. itwasntmethistime says:

    It has to be just one or the other, not both. The biggest hurdle I see toward an income tax instead of sales tax is that only a portion of the sales tax we pay goes toward the state. If we remove the 6.5% state portion, we are left with 2.8% (I think?) I can guarantee you that the politicians will capitalize on that perceived reduction and start bumping it up. We’ll hear the “it’s not a new tax, it’s a replacement tax” argument and the next thing you know we’ll have an income tax AND 9.3% sales tax. And it still won’t be enough.

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