Washington State Tax Structure Work Group Has Been on the Move - You Are What Will Stand in Their Way!

On Wednesday, September 22, the Washington State Tax Structure Work Group (TSWG) https://taxworkgroup.org/ begins their virtual Tax Town Halls  https://taxworkgroup.org/tax-town-halls across the state, beginning in Eastern Washington with two sessions you can sign up for to listen and Make Your Voice Heard  

East Region | Legislative Districts: 3, 4, 6, 7, 9, 16

Wednesday, September 22, 2021

2:30 – 4:00 p.m. | Register here https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZIsf-mrqj8tHtOVK5GHXq4rc-sgcEPcIb6n

6:30 – 8:00 p.m. | Register here  https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZAsdumpqTMrGdZyb4JdTbqgkR3S5XFlQwxk

Though not widely promoted, this legislatively formed work group is made up of state legislators and other government actors meeting with a mission to “identify options to make the Washington State tax code more equitable, adequate, stable, and transparent.”  The beauty of any ideal rests in the eye of the beholder, so make sure you are the beholder if your future viability in Washington State rests in the hands of those pushing taxing structure changes in the state legislature. 

We have witnessed in the previous session what ideal tax structuring and policy meant for the majority party with controversial bills such as payroll tax, income tax, and a 100 dollar surcharge on recording fees.  See details on these and more by clicking here. https://houserepublicans.wa.gov/2020/05/05/democrats-new-tax-increases-2019-21/

See by clicking here https://static1.squarespace.com/static/5fc92c4eb6a6dd36b144ba73/t/60baaefb394c9f194a884d13/1622847227540/May+17+TSWG+Scenario+EDIT+v.+6-4-21.pdf  the tax structure ideas being called scenarios being promoted by the TSWG for new taxes and changes to already existing taxes.  You can also view past TSWG meetings on TVW at this link https://taxworkgroup.org/meetings to see what has been discussed by work group members.

But what if your ideal is tax relief?  Shouldn’t that be a scenario?  Read Washington Policy Center Jason Mercier’s argument for tax cuts by clicking here. https://www.washingtonpolicy.org/publications/detail/the-case-for-a-washington-sales-tax-cut-video

Check out the virtual Tax Town Hall Schedule https://taxworkgroup.org/tax-town-halls  and find out how you have been regionalized in your district so you can register for the town hall and make your voice heard.  Be sure to scroll down the page to see your district and register. 

The next scheduled virtual Tax Town Hall is for the

Central Region | Legislative Districts: 8, 12, 13, 14, 15

Wednesday September 29

2:30 - 4:00 p.m. | Register here https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZwvcu-oqD8jGdyiYgvXZ9PFjVNrRtTqs1rx

6:30 - 8:00 p.m. | Register here  https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZctduuqqzIjHNA6gWy7AHu6hbG3ZrSMiCH8

The Tax Town Halls will continue for other regions starting October 6, be sure to follow the schedule for your town hall so you can make your voice heard!  You can pre-register for all future town hall meetings today, register now and mark your calendar so you don’t miss the opportunity to stand for sensible, stable, and lower taxation in Washington State!  Be sure to have discussions on Tax Structure with your family, friends, and legislators!

September 21, 2021