Statement on Illegal Capital Gains Income Tax Lawsuit Hearing
The Opportunity for All Coalition (OFAC) released the following statement in response to Douglas County Superior Court Judge Bryan Huber’s decision to consolidate the two lawsuits seeking to strike down Washington’s illegal capital gains tax and postpone arguments on Washington’s motion to dismiss the case:
“The state is pushing this unconstitutional tax hoping that the courts will ignore legal precedent and allow its implementation which would only open the door to allow an income tax for all Washingtonians.” said OFAC president Collin Hathaway. “We are confident that any court in Washington would agree that this tax is illegal and look forward to the next hearing date.”
Former Washington Attorney General Rob McKenna of Orrick is representing plaintiffs who would be subject to the tax. “The Washington state legislature passed an illegal capital gains income tax that they misleadingly called an excise tax,” said Rob McKenna. “The tax is illegal because it is unconstitutional. The courts have rejected the Washington legislature’s past efforts to enact an income tax by labeling it an ‘excise tax,’ and voters have rejected proposed state income taxes ten times. We look forward to making our arguments against dismissal at the next hearing.”
Don’t believe the hype – this will be a tax on everyone and you’re next! This income tax will hurt the whole economy and do nothing about regressivity. We can do better and create more opportunities for ALL Washingtonians!