2017 Tax Exemption Transparency and Accountability Act to be Filed in Legislature

Tax Exemption Transparency and Accountability Act 2017 Representative Gerry Pollet and Senator David Frockt are filing updated versions of the Tax Exemption and Transparency Act that we filed in previous sessions of the Washington State Legislature. In the 2015 – … Continue reading

Why Enacting HB 1239/SB 5492 Would be Good Policy for Washington State

Tax preferences and tax incentives are called tax expenditures by most other states and the US Congress – they are revenue that is not collected. Not collecting this revenue from certain taxpayers is a form of picking winners and losers and the end … Continue reading

Tax Exemption Transparency and Accountability Initiative Recieves Ballot Title

Initiative 636 – the Tax Exemption Transparency and Accountability Act has received a ballot title from the Washington State Attorney General. According to  Washington State’s Department of Revenue’s figures, tax expenditures account for as much spending as the state spends … Continue reading

Initiative 626 Receives Ballot Title from Washington State Attorney General

Tax Sanity has been busy this year filing initiative drafts for proposed legislation to create a tax expenditure budget.  The goal is to draft legislation that will increase tax exemption accountability and transparency. Initiative 626 is the latest version to … Continue reading

Sign Petition to Close Tax Loopholes Now!

You can help in our effort to close tax loopholes in Washington State by signing our petition to Governor Inslee and your Legislators. In order to increase accountability and close tax loopholes, the Washington State Legislature should adopt a Tax … Continue reading

Tax Loophole Reform Initiative to Washington State Legislature Filed

Tax Sanity ( www.taxsanity.org )  on May 17, 2013 filed an Initiative to the Legislature to address the issue of Tax Loophole Reform. As noted in an article in Crossscut entitled Tax exemptions are starting to draw an uncomfortable spotlight: … Continue reading

Tax Expenditures Need to Become Part of the State Budget

Tax expenditures are basically off budget spending. As one Washington State Legislator recently said, they are “gifts” of public money. They don’t have to be scrutinized the same as other state expenditures are when the biennial state budget is proposed … Continue reading

What is a Tax Expenditure?

It is becoming more common these days to define a tax exemption, subsidy, loophole or exclusion as a tax expenditure. That can seem a little confusing until you understand what is happening. Catherine Rampell in an article entitled Tax Breaks: A … Continue reading

Washington State Supreme Court Decision Will Make Tax Exemption Reform Easier

The Washington State Supreme Court  ruled on February 28, 2013 that Tim Eyman’s Initiative 1053 was unconstitutional. The ruling is a huge win for Washington State taxpayers because it throws out the supermajority vote requirement  to close any tax loophole … Continue reading