Paul Allen

Seattle is sticking it to the rich with a tax on the wealthy — in a state with no income tax

Seattle is sticking it to the rich with a tax on the wealthy — in a state with no income tax

Inspired by a Trump administration threat to slash federal funding to cities, Seattle’s City Council struck back this week, unanimously imposing a rare city income tax on the rich.

The new tax measure requires individual city residents to pay a 2.25% tax on any income earned beyond $250,000 annually; couples who file jointly will pay the same rate on earnings beyond $500,000.

The high-earner tax, expected to be quickly challenged in court, would help support the city’s affordable housing, climate change, education and transit efforts at a time when federal tax cuts are expected to diminish funding for such programs.

“Our goal,” said Mayor Ed Murray, a progressive...

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