A double-sided tax at the Supreme Court

A double-sided tax at the Supreme Court

When is an income tax not an income tax? In Washington state, the answer is when Democrats pretend it’s something else. To get around the restrictions of the state constitution, they passed a 7 percent levy on capital gains, while calling it an excise tax. Remarkably, the state Supreme Court followed suit. It is now up to the United States Supreme Court to intervene under federal law.

The judges will soon decide whether they will hear Quinn v. Washington, a challenge from taxpayers to state excise shenanigans. Washington does not have a graduated income tax because the state constitution prohibits it. As the petitioners explain in their brief, such a tax must be “flat and capped at 1 percent,” meaning that high earners “cannot be forced to pay more as a percentage of their income.”

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With a penchant for words, Eleon Smith began writing at an early age. As editor-in-chief of his high school newspaper, he honed his skills telling impactful stories. Smith went on to study journalism at Columbia University, where he graduated top of his class. After interning at the New York Times, Smith landed a role as a news writer. Over the past decade, he has covered major events like presidential elections and natural disasters. His ability to craft compelling narratives that capture the human experience has earned him acclaim. Though writing is his passion, Eleon also enjoys hiking, cooking and reading historical fiction in his free time. With an eye for detail and knack for storytelling, he continues making his mark at the forefront of journalism.
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