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Seattle High-Earners Tax Dies Quietly at Washington High Court

April 3, 2020, 8:03 PM

Seattle’s proposed income tax on high-earners has died.

The Washington Supreme Court on Thursday declined without comment to review an appellate court ruling that found the graduated tax violated the state constitution.

The 2017 ordinance would have imposed a 2.25% tax on the “total income” of single filers earning more than $250,000 and joint filers making more than $500,000. The state Court of Appeals held in July that it was bound by Supreme Court precedent and found that the graduated income tax violates the uniformity provision of article VII, Section 1 of the state Constitution.

“That’s the end of the...

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