United Way of King County offers income tax help

March 6, 2012

The focus at United Way of King County is on income tax season as the April filing deadline approaches.

The nonprofit organization offers free tax preparation and access to the Earned Income Tax Credit and other tax credits to middle- and low-income families.

Organizers also seek volunteers to help prepare tax returns and assist at tax-preparation sites.

Learn more about United Way of King County’s tax preparation campaign by emailing EITC@uwkc.org.

The nearest center to Issaquah is Crossroads Bellevue, Northeast Eighth Street and 156th Avenue Northeast. The center is scheduled to be open from 5-9 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays, and from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays until April 14. The location offers tax preparation in Russian and Spanish.

Issaquah legislator backs corporate income tax

March 24, 2011

NEW — 10 a.m. March 24, 2011

State Rep. Glenn Anderson seeks to scrap the unpopular business-and-occupation tax and levy a flat-rate corporate income tax instead.

Besides calling for a 7 percent corporate income tax on revenues after expenses, the legislation also proposes eliminating all B&O tax exemptions and prohibiting a personal income tax.

In introducing the bill and constitutional amendment, the Fall City Republican said the idea is based on the same premise as a recent proposal from the national deficit-reduction commission to simplify the federal tax code.

In Olympia, legislators face pressure to close tax “loopholes” to help patch a $5.1 billion hole in the 2011-13 state budget.

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United Way seeks clients, volunteers for free tax prep program

November 18, 2010

NEW — 10 a.m. Nov. 18, 2010

Though Thanksgiving has yet to arrive, the focus at the United Way of King County is already on income tax season.

The nonprofit organization offers free tax preparation and access to the Earned Income Tax Credit and other tax credits to middle- and low-income families.

Organizers seek volunteers to help prepare tax returns. In addition to tax preparers, the United Way also seeks helpers to man intake desks, enroll eligible families for public benefits and serve as interpreters. Learn more about the program here or call 206-461-5048.

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Tea Party activists and opponents rally in downtown Issaquah

April 20, 2010

Tea Party activists came to downtown Issaquah on a cloudy afternoon last week to brew discontent with the policies of Congress and the Obama administration.

Issaquah and Eastside residents gathered for about 90 minutes for the Tea Party rally and a smaller counter-rally organized by the 5th District Democrats. The dueling events attracted about 120 people — about 100 for the Tea Party rally and about 20 Democrats.

Participants held aloft colorful signs at the corner of Front Street and Sunset Way to cacophony of honks as drivers passed the intersection. Others carried U.S. and “Don’t Tread on Me” flags — a yellow banner with a coiled snake and a symbol of anti-government protest.

Issaquah resident Tim Ooyman said he attended the Tea Party rally to protest federal spending and the way President Obama and lawmakers handled the healthcare-reform bill.

“The silent majority needs to stop being silent,” he said.

Ooyman and other activists picked April 15 — the federal deadline for filing income-tax returns — for the rally. Local activists also held events in Bellevue and Seattle. Washington State Patrol officials estimated the Tea Party crowd at the state Capitol in Olympia at 3,000 people. Read more

Issaquah Tea Party rally and response / April 15, 2010

April 16, 2010

Tea Party activists and opponents rally in downtown Issaquah

April 15, 2010

Shirley Jahnke (left) and Dave Weiseth, of Sammamish, share a cordial disagreement Tuesday during the Tax Day Tea Party. The event drew about 120 protesters and counter-protesters at Sunset Way and Front Street. — Photo by Greg Farrar

NEW — 2:40 p.m. April 15, 2010

Tea Party activists came to downtown Issaquah on Thursday afternoon to brew discontent with the policies of Congress and the Obama administration.

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Tea Party serves up Issaquah rally Thursday

April 14, 2010

NEW — 6 a.m. April 14, 2010

A Tax Day Tea Party will return to downtown Issaquah for a second year.

Participants will gather at the corner of Front Street and Sunset Way at noon April 15, the deadline for filing federal income tax returns.

Turnout could be bolstered at the rally due to opposition to the healthcare law signed into law by President Obama in late March. Organizers also plan events in Seattle, on the steps of the state Capitol in Olympia and at Bellevue City Hall. Find a list of Tea Party events across the state here.

Demonstrators in Issaquah and across the nation used the deadline for filing income tax returns last year for a grassroots event modeled on the Boston Tea Party. The event attracted more than 200 people to the steps of Issaquah City Hall.

Tea Party brews Issaquah event

April 6, 2010

Join other opponents of big government and unbridled federal spending at a Tax Day Tea Party.

Participants will gather at the corner of Front Street and Sunset Way at noon April 15, the deadline for filing federal income tax returns.

Turnout could be bolstered at the rally due to opposition to the healthcare law signed into law by President Obama in late March. Organizers also plan events in Seattle, on the steps of the state Capitol in Olympia and at Bellevue City Hall.

Demonstrators in Issaquah and across the nation used the deadline for filing income tax returns last year for a grassroots event modeled on the Boston Tea Party. The event attracted more than 200 people to the steps of Issaquah City Hall. Throughout the state, protests in Bellevue, Olympia and Seattle drew thousands of activists. Read more

Report: Washington ranks 26th in state and local taxes compared to income

October 26, 2009

NEW — 6 a.m. Oct. 26, 2009

Washington ranks 26th highest nationwide in state and local taxes as a percentage of personal income, and the Evergreen State ranks 32nd highest in property taxes.

The numbers — from newly released federal data covering the 2007 fiscal year — show Washingtonians paid $109.25 in state and local taxes per $1,000 of personal income. The national average is $113.32 in state and local taxes.

From the Evergreen State total, $29.25 went to property taxes. The national average was higher: $34.04.

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Legislators from 41st District weigh in on top state issues

January 5, 2009

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The Legislature convenes Jan. 12 with the daunting task of closing a projected $5.8 billion shortfall.

Last month, Gov. Chris Gregoire proposed slashing more than $3.5 billion in funding for schools, social services and other areas to close the biggest budget shortfall in state history.

In addition to budget cuts, Gregoire proposes using $609 million from the state’s rainy-day fund. She’s also banking on the federal government sending the state at least $1 billion to help pay for Medicaid and welfare programs. Read more