taxes http://kplu.org en TurboTax Offers Taxpayers Option Of Getting Refund In Amazon Gift Card http://kplu.org/post/turbotax-offers-taxpayers-option-getting-refund-amazon-gift-card <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">From car dealers to appliance stores, businesses know tax refund season is an important time of year. The average tax refund so far this year is $3,200 and more than three-quarters of taxpayers get a refund.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Seattle's Amazon.com undoubtedly gets a boost already from that influx of cash. But this year, the company is aiming for more.</span></p><p> Mon, 24 Feb 2014 13:00:00 +0000 Ashley Gross 13953 at http://kplu.org TurboTax Offers Taxpayers Option Of Getting Refund In Amazon Gift Card Enviro Groups Urge Lawmakers To Close Tax Loophole Benefiting Oil Companies http://kplu.org/post/enviro-groups-urge-lawmakers-close-tax-loophole-benefiting-oil-companies <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">More than 20 environmental groups have joined together with a common priority this short legislative session:&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">close what they say is a huge loophole </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">benefiting</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> big oil companies.</span></p><p>The Environmental Priorities Coalition includes big names like the Sierra Club, American Rivers, Fuse and the Cascade Bicycle Club. They don’t always see eye to eye on things, but when it comes to oil companies and the state tax structure, they’re all sure something’s not quite right.</p><p> Thu, 16 Jan 2014 00:54:24 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 12637 at http://kplu.org Enviro Groups Urge Lawmakers To Close Tax Loophole Benefiting Oil Companies 'How Much Will Obamacare Cost Me?' Try Our Calculator http://kplu.org/post/how-much-will-obamacare-cost-me-try-our-calculator <p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 13px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif;">On Tuesday, if all goes according to plan, the federal health law&#39;s marketplaces for individual health insurance are scheduled to open for business.</p> Fri, 27 Sep 2013 18:58:19 +0000 NPR News 10173 at http://kplu.org 'How Much Will Obamacare Cost Me?' Try Our Calculator Defiance and praise as Washington High Court makes tax hikes easier http://kplu.org/post/defiance-and-praise-washington-high-court-makes-tax-hikes-easier <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2013/02/022813AJ_SuperMajority-Feature_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>OLYMPIA, Wash. – Raising taxes in Washington just got a whole lot easier. The state Supreme Court Thursday threw out the requirement that tax increases muster a two-thirds vote of the legislature. Democrats say the ruling will allow more options as lawmakers grapple with ongoing budget woes. Fri, 01 Mar 2013 01:45:00 +0000 Austin Jenkins 7892 at http://kplu.org Defiance and praise as Washington High Court makes tax hikes easier Cliff Deal: What We Learned; What Comes Next http://kplu.org/post/fiscal-cliff-deal-what-we-learned-what-comes-next The budget negotiations that led to a frantic New Year's deal on taxes confirmed many lessons about the way Washington works today.<p>For one thing, many of the most important relationships in the capitol appear to be broken. Wed, 02 Jan 2013 20:40:08 +0000 7477 at http://kplu.org Cliff Deal: What We Learned; What Comes Next House votes to approve 'Fiscal Cliff' legislation http://kplu.org/post/house-votes-approve-fiscal-cliff-legislation The House of Representatives voted 257-167 late Tuesday to pass a Senate-approved compromise deal that stops large tax increases for 99 percent of Americans, and delays massive spending cuts for two months.<p>The bill now goes to President Obama, who is expected to sign it into law.<p>NPR's S.V. Date is reporting on the deal for our Newscast unit. Here's what he says:<p><blockquote><p>"The eventual deal was hammered out by Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell and Vice President Joe Biden. Wed, 02 Jan 2013 10:03:10 +0000 Bill Chappell 7475 at http://kplu.org House votes to approve 'Fiscal Cliff' legislation Deal To Avert 'Fiscal Cliff' Appears Likely http://kplu.org/post/obama-agreement-taxes-within-sight <strong>Update at 9:45 p.m. Deal Reached</strong><p>Vice President Joe Biden was meeting late Monday with Senate Democrats to brief them on a proposed deal to stop sharp tax increases and spending cuts. A source told NPR the deal with congressional Democratic and Republican leaders includes a mix of both.<p>Senate Majority leader Harry Reid and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi have signed off on the agreement, which calls for a two-month deferral of the automatic spending cuts known as the sequester. Mon, 31 Dec 2012 20:58:33 +0000 Mark Memmott 7472 at http://kplu.org Deal To Avert 'Fiscal Cliff' Appears Likely Taxpayers funding North Sounder train service at $29 per passenger http://kplu.org/post/taxpayers-funding-north-sounder-train-service-29-passenger <p>It's usually easy to find an empty seat on Sound Transit's Sounder commuter trains running between Seattle and Everett.</p><p>The trains are typically one-third full, serving about 1,100 passengers on four trains a day. That's about half as many passengers as officials expected in 2003 when they made the deal to expand the service 35 miles north.</p><p><a href="http://bit.ly/Ttx6l7" target="_blank">The Seattle Times reports</a>&nbsp;taxpayers subsidize the service at a cost of about $29 for each passenger trip.&nbsp;</p><p> Tue, 16 Oct 2012 18:44:57 +0000 The Associated Press & KPLU 6735 at http://kplu.org Taxpayers funding North Sounder train service at $29 per passenger Judge says Supermajority tax rule violates constitution http://kplu.org/post/judge-says-supermajority-tax-rule-violates-constitution <p>A judge has ruled the two-thirds majority initiative violates the simple majority provision of the state constitution.</p><p>Initiative 1053 was approved by Washington voters in November 2010 and has made it difficult for lawmakers to adopt tax increases since then.</p><p> Wed, 30 May 2012 20:17:25 +0000 The Associated Press 5147 at http://kplu.org Documents show agency insiders questioned Great Wolf Lodge tax exemption http://kplu.org/post/documents-show-agency-insiders-questioned-great-wolf-lodge-tax-exemption <p>GRAND MOUND, Wash. - Great Wolf Resorts is a Wisconsin-based chain of indoor water parks and hotels. Four years ago, the company expanded what it calls its &ldquo;paw print&rdquo; to the Northwest.</p><p>It opened its first west coast property at Grand Mound, Washington south of Olympia. The state of Washington declared the resort tax exempt because Great Wolf partnered with the Chehalis Indian Tribe.</p><p>Now, Correspondent Austin Jenkins has obtained internal state documents that question that tax-free status &ndash; potentially worth tens of millions of dollars.</p><p> Wed, 16 May 2012 08:33:33 +0000 Austin Jenkins 5027 at http://kplu.org Documents show agency insiders questioned Great Wolf Lodge tax exemption 'Hollow victory' for proponents of taxing banks in Wash. http://kplu.org/post/hollow-victory-proponents-taxing-banks-wash OLYMPIA, Wash. – For liberal activists in Washington, it has become the Holy Grail of tax breaks. We’re talking about a deduction banks can claim on some mortgages. Last week, the Washington legislature voted to end this tax exemption for large, out-of-state banks. Tue, 17 Apr 2012 18:18:51 +0000 Austin Jenkins 4782 at http://kplu.org 'Hollow victory' for proponents of taxing banks in Wash. Why tax day is even worse for musicians http://kplu.org/post/why-tax-day-even-worse-musicians Tomorrow is the income tax filing deadline in the U.S., and jazz musicians in particular know it. The overwhelming majority of jazz musicians are freelance performers (and often freelance teachers, composers and other music-related service providers). But the informal aesthetics of the jazz world often extend to its business practices as well, with its handshake deals and cash payments. That makes it quite difficult to keep track of income and expenses when it comes time to report to the Internal Revenue Service.<p>It can be to musicians' benefit to keep meticulous records. Mon, 16 Apr 2012 21:33:30 +0000 4769 at http://kplu.org Why tax day is even worse for musicians Eyman aims to renew Washington anti-tax initiative  http://kplu.org/post/eyman-aims-renew-washington-anti-tax-initiative <p>EVERETT, Wash. &mdash; Initiative activist Tim Eyman of Mukilteo has started collecting signatures on a measure limiting the tax power of Washington state lawmakers.</p><p>If passed, I-1185 would require a two-thirds majority in the Legislature or a vote of the people to create or raise taxes. Sound familiar?</p><p> Tue, 03 Apr 2012 15:58:58 +0000 The Associated Press 4630 at http://kplu.org Democratic lawmakers seek to overturn supermajority for taxes http://kplu.org/post/democratic-lawmakers-seek-overturn-supermajority-taxes <p>Washington voters consistently send Democratic majorities to the statehouse. But four times over the past 20 years they&rsquo;ve also voted to require a supermajority of the legislature to raise taxes. Most recently, in 2010. Now a group of Democratic lawmakers and their allies are challenging the constitutionality of that two-thirds rule.</p><p> Mon, 27 Feb 2012 17:42:13 +0000 Austin Jenkins 4248 at http://kplu.org IRS revives amnesty program for offshore tax cheats http://kplu.org/post/irs-revives-amnesty-program-offshore-tax-cheats The Internal Revenue Service is brining back an amnesty program for Americans who have stashed money in offshore accounts in order to dodge taxes. Mon, 09 Jan 2012 23:29:58 +0000 3653 at http://kplu.org