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Don’t let 2011 end without saving the sales-tax deduction

This editorial will appear in Wednesday’s print edition.

Something is getting lost in the partisan bickering in Congress over extension of the payroll-tax break and unemployment benefits.

That would be the sales-tax deduction – which could be seen as a mini financial stimulus for the seven states, including Washington, that don’t have a state income tax.

The deduction, which has been renewed by Congress year-to-year, allows people who itemize their federal income tax to write off state and local sales taxes. Residents of states that have a state income tax can choose to deduct either that tax or the sales tax from their federal income tax. Read more »