Seattle Payroll Tax Constitutional, Washington Courtroom Guidelines

Law360 (Jun 5, 2021, 10:45 a.m. EDT) – Seattle's tax, which targets businesses with highly paid employees, is an excise tax, not an unconstitutional income tax, as argued by the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce, a Washington state court.

Seattle's JumpStart Seattle tax for companies with employees who have paid more than $ 150,000 is the city's latest attempt at breaking new ground to increase sales. (AP Photo / Ted S. Warren) King County Judge Mary Roberts ruled Friday that the new levy, the JumpStart Seattle tax, is a constitutional excise tax on the privilege of doing business, and dismissed a lawsuit, which the Chamber had filed in December. The tax enacted last year is expected to …

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