Monthly Archives: April 2017

Are You Paying Your Fair Share of Washington Taxes? Here’s How To Find Out.

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What a Tax March! My wife got interviewed for a local TV station and I was interviewed by a local newspaper reporter. Our sign disclosing our own federal income tax returns was a big hit.

For the non-Washington readers, Seattle’s Tax March had an expanded purpose to highlight the ridiculously upside-down tax policies in this state. [1] Washington, like a handful of other states, has no income tax and raises revenue only by other means: mainly property, sales, and business (B&O) taxes along with annual vehicle registration fees (which we call “car tabs”). Many probably assume that these fixed-percentage taxes that apply to everyone are automatically fair. Well, the two of us are a great counterexample for how the wealthy can avoid paying their fair share. Until I did all the math recently for 2016, I had no idea just how bad it was and how little we are contributing to the state’s tax base.

This post covers how to estimate your total state and local taxes as a percentage of your income. I will share our results next time. If you live in Washington, you should do the math and see how we compare.

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Bubbles, Part 2: How Social Media Makes It Worse

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My first Bubbles post focused on personal steps we can each take to broaden our perspectives and come to understand our fellow Americans. That half of the equation is extremely important, and I do not want the flaws in our institutions to eclipse it. So with that caveat, let’s move on to the discussion of what social media is doing to aggravate the problem and what they could do about it. I will focus on two platforms because they are familiar to me: Facebook and YouTube.

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