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Seattle has the highest taxation in Washington

News Coverage | April 17, 2018 | The Epoch Times

According to a 59-page report from the Economic Opportunity Institute, a $25,000-a-year Seattle family spends 17% of its income on state and local taxes. However, families with annual income of 250,000 U.S. dollars only pay 4.4% in taxes. (Translated from Chinese)

Report: Seattle has the most regressive taxes in the state

News Coverage | April 14, 2018 | KIRO 7

Seattle, the Institute criticizes, likes to imagine itself as a progressive beacon. But of the major cities in Washington, it’s Spokane that has the least regressive taxes. A household earning $25,000 has 10.4 percent of its income taxed.

Seattle taxes ranked most unfair in Washington — a state among the harshest on the poor nationwide

News Coverage | April 13, 2018 | Seattle Times

But when it comes to raising money, Seattle’s hands are tied because we can’t tax income, Matthew Caruchet says. “Seattle has a lot of exigent needs. It’s a fast-growing city that needs better transportation, more affordable housing,” he said. “So we need to raise more revenue. But the only way we can do that is by increasing these regressive taxes, like the soda tax. It’s creating more income inequality.”

Think your taxes are too high? Here’s how Bellingham compares to the rest of the state

News Coverage | April 13, 2018 | Bellingham Herald

“People don’t realize that tax systems can vary so much within the state,” said Matthew Caruchet, communications director for the EOI. “The pressure on a low-income household in Seattle is much different from the pressure on a low-income household in Yakima.”

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News Coverage | April 13, 2018 | Seattle Met

Seattle’s tax system ranks as the unfairest in the state. As a city widely accepted to be a liberal bubble, Seattle’s tax system reflects a different story. A new report from the Economic Opportunity Institute showed a family making $25,000 in annual income will be taxed four times as much as a family making $250,000.

Seattle has most regressive taxes among large U.S. cities, report says

News Coverage | April 11, 2018 | KUOW Seattle

Mirror, mirror on the wall, who's the unfairest of them all? Famed is thy progressiveness, Seattle, but when it comes to taxes, it’s you. A new study singles out our city as the most regressive in the country. Taxes here are exceptionally hard on the poor and uniquely light on the rich. "When you look at Washington state, it’s the most regressive out of all the states, and when you look Seattle, it’s the most regressive out of all the largest cities in every state," said Matthew Caruchet, who wrote the report for the Economic Opportunity Institute.

Poor Pay More Taxes Than Rich In 8 Puget Sound Cities: Study

News Coverage | April 10, 2018 | Patch

If you make more than $25,000 per year, count yourself lucky - you're probably paying less in taxes than people who make less than that. But if you make more than $250,000, you're paying MUCH less in taxes as a share of income than your Puget Sound neighbors. That's according to a new study by the Economic Opportunity Institute.

The equal pay for women law also encourages people to openly talk about salaries

News Coverage | April 10, 2018 | Q13 Fox

According to the Economic Opportunity Institute, in 2016 women working full-time on average made about 76% of a man’s wage. The institute says women also make less across the board in most occupations.

Report: Poorest in Seattle pay biggest share of taxes

News Coverage | April 9, 2018 | Seattle Post-Intelligencer

A new analysis from Seattle-based think tank the Economic Opportunity Institute found that Seattle's tax structure put the heaviest tax burden on the poorest residents.

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News Coverage | April 9, 2018 | Public News Service

"Seattle and other cities don't really have any progressive tools," said Matthew Caruchet, "so that whenever they have to raise revenue, they're increasing regressive taxes, which are increasing the tax obligations of the middle class and working class at higher rates."

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