“Income tax proponents have spent many years trying to get the Washington Supreme Court to overturn a century of law holding that, under the state constitution, graduated income taxes are unconstitutional. In our democracy, any change in settled law that is based on our constitution’s plain language should be by vote of the people, not […]
A recent WSJ.com article highlighted the increasing wealth/business migration out of high-tax states to lower/no income tax states. Unfortunately, Washington state is no longer on this list of states “Notably, four of the 10 states that gained the most income [from migration] in 2020 don’t impose an income tax (Florida, Texas, Tennessee and Nevada). The […]
The Opportunity for All Coalition (OFAC) issued the following statement following Douglas County Superior Court Judge Bryan Huber’s decision to strike down the illegal capital gains income tax. Judge Huber’s ruling was based on the grounds that the tax is an unconstitutional income tax. “Judge Huber saw through the state’s attempt to enact this illegal […]
A recent article in favor of Washington’s illegal capital gains tax touted the necessity and fairness of the tax on the basis that the funds are needed for early childhood education and implying that these programs would be at risk without this tax. Read more here.
The Opportunity for All Coalition (OFAC) continues supporting the lawsuit to strike down Washington State’s illegal capital gains income tax. The court hearing and challenge against the illegal capital gains income tax took place Friday, February 4, 2022 Our team (led by Rob McKenna) did an excellent job outlining the validity of our core arguments […]
Washington voters: This election is an opportunity to say no to Washington’s illegal capital gains tax
by Collin Hathaway Proponents of Washington’s new capital gains income tax were sneaky and disingenuous when passing an illegal “excise tax” under an emergency measure which prevents a voter repeal of the tax on this month’s ballot. To further this charade, the legislature claims this is an excise tax, not an income tax. An […]
In passing this latest income tax, lawmakers subverted the voters’ will and our state’s constitution by mislabeling this an excise tax. The IRS and the 49 other states in the union all recognize capital gains tax as an income tax. The IRS has stated in a letter to U.S. Rep. Dan Newhouse that capital gains […]
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Like a never-ending game of whack-a-mole, efforts to impose an income tax in Washington state continue to pop up no matter how many times they’ve been slapped down. That’s why the Kennewick City Council’s formal opposition to a local income tax is more than just political posturing. It’s an important way to tell state leaders to […]
In the winter of 2019, “Snowmageddon” hit Seattle and ground the city to a halt. The snow piled on roofs and didn’t fully melt for nearly a month forcing my company, Guardian Roofing, to close for weeks. My co-owners and I immediately injected $200,000 of our savings into the business to ensure we had enough […]