Report: Washingtonians pay less taxes than residents in 29 other states

July 28, 2010

NEW — 1 p.m. July 28, 2010

Washingtonians shell out a smaller percentage of their income in state and local taxes than residents in 29 other states, a report issued Tuesday by the state Department of Revenue shows.

Evergreen State residents paid $105.49 in state and local taxes per $1,000 of personal income during the 2008 fiscal year, compared to the $111.99 national average. The state ranked 26th in 2007.

Washingtonians paid, on average, $4,354 in taxes during 2008 — just less than the $4,371national average.

Washington ranked 16th in taxes per capita in 2008 and 15th in 2007.

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Lawmakers hope candy tax could be sweet charity for budget

May 25, 2010

The latest measure to close a $2.8 billion state budget gap could hit consumers in the sweet tooth.

Consumers will pay sales tax for candy, gum and soda starting June 1. Lawmakers imposed a 2-cents-per-12-ounces tax on carbonated beverages last month. Legislators also repealed the sales tax exemption for bottled water.

But the impending candy tax — with more exemptions than a Whitman’s Sampler has chocolates — has attracted the most attention.

The state does not levy sales tax on food. Lawmakers decided to no longer consider candy as a food. Instead the state will consider candy as, well, candy. Not all candy, however.

Products made with flour derived from grain will not be considered candy. The exempt items include both the chocolatey — Twix and other cookie-based bars — and the gummy — Twizzlers and other licorice.

Confused? The state Department of Revenue has posted a list of more than 3,000 sweets online to help consumers tell the difference between taxable and exempt indulgences.

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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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City takes a hit in sales tax shift

February 9, 2009

A new tax on Internet sales could soon have the city singing the blues. Read more

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