Opportunity For All Coalition filed for a lawsuit against the State of Washington in May 2021. Parties involved in the case against Washington’s illegal income tax involve small and medium business owners who were negatively impacted by SB 5096. Here are their stories.
Douglas County, Washington
Ms. Clayton and her husband Mike Clayton own and run Red Apple Orchards in Orondo, Washington, which grows six varieties of organic apples and five varieties of cherries. Ms. Clayton owns non-exempt capital assets that if sold would produce long-term capital gains of more than $250,000.
Kevin and Renee Bouchey
A married couple from Richland, Washington, the Boucheys are former co-owners of S.K.D. Farms, Inc., a mid-sized farming operation that grew fresh market and processing potatoes. S.K.D. Farms was sold in December 2020. The Boucheys own non-exempt assets which if sold would produce long-term capital gains of more than $250,000.
Ms. Cable spends her time working with non-profits and caring for her family. Ms. Cable owns non-exempt capital assets that if sold would produce long-term capital gains of more than $250,000.
Rosalla and Burr Mosby
The Mosby’s own and operate Mosby Brothers Farms, located in Upper Green River Valley, just outside of Auburn. Their mission is to grow fresh, locally grown, hand-weeded, hand-harvested vegetables for the Puget Sound’s grocers, restaurants, and food banks. The Mosby’s have worked hard to grow their farm into what it is today, an essential component of the community’s local food supply. The Mosby’s own non-exempt capital assets that if sold would produce long-term capital gains of more than $250,000.
Christopher and Catherine Senske
Since his father passed the business onto him, Mr. Senske grew his father’s five-person lawn care and pest control company to its current size of approximately 500 employees. The Senskes own non-exempt assets which if sold would produce long-term capital gains of more than $250,000.
Mr. Sonderen is the Co-President and fifty percent owner of Sonderen Packaging, a third generation, family-owned and operated custom folding carton manufacturing company. Sonderen Packaging employs around 130 people in Spokane and generates approximate $29 million in annual gross revenue. Even a partial sale of Mr. Sonderen’s shares of Sonderen Packaging would produce non-exempt long-term capital gains of more than $250,000.
Washington State Farm Bureau
Non-profit Advocacy Group
Washington State Farm Bureau is a non-profit corporation and voluntary grass roots advocacy organization representing the social and economic interests of farm and ranch families. Representing more than 46,000 members, Farm Bureau includes members who would be exposed to the capital gains tax imposed by ESSB 5096 based on their non-exempt capital assets.