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Friday, August 11, 2017

Resistance to Seattle council income tax

Freedom Foundation attorneys joined with the Seattle law firm of Lane, Powell, PC – the region’s most respected tax law specialists – to file a lawsuit on behalf of 19 Seattle residents that would kill the new income tax before it takes effect and spreads to other parts of the state and other income classes.  

The tax measure, which requires residents to pay a 2.25 percent tax if they are a single filer and make more than $250,000 annually or file jointly and make more than $500,000, is a clear violation of the state constitution’s equal protection language because it holds Washingtonians to different standards based on their income level.

It also violates state law, the Seattle city charter, 100 years of legal precedent and the will of the voters as expressed at least 10 times over the years.

“This is clearly bad policy and illegal, but it’s also an assault on the rule of law,” David Dewhirst, Freedom Foundation litigation counsel, told Fox News. “If they can get away with it this time, where does it stop?”


Among those covering the story:
National TV
Local TV
  • KOMO 4 (ABC): Freedom Foundation’s Lawsuit Against Seattle’s Income Tax
  • KIRO 7 (CBS): Freedom Foundation, Opportunity For All File Lawsuits 
  • KIRO 7 (CBS): Freedom Foundation, Opportunity For All File Lawsuits 
  • KING 5 (NBC): Freedom Foundation’s Lawsuit Against Seattle’s Income Tax
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Local Articles 
Local Radio

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