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Baird wants to make sales tax deduction permanent
The Columbian ^ | 27 January 2005 | The Columbian News Team

Posted on 01/28/2005 2:22:09 PM PST by Josef1235

Baird wants to make sales tax deduction permanent

Thursday, January 27, 2005 The Columbian

Congressman Brian Baird, D-Vancouver, will introduce legislation that would extend a two-year tax cut expected to save Washington residents $500 million this year.

Baird announced Wednesday that he and Rep. Kevin Brady, R-Texas, will sponsor legislation so taxpayers in seven states can permanently deduct state and local sales taxes when filing their federal tax returns.

Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., will introduce companion legislation in the Senate.

Washington lost the deduction when Congress rewrote the tax code in 1986, but taxpayers in Oregon and other states have continued to be able to deduct their state income taxes.

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Congress last year temporarily restored the sales tax deduction as part of a broader package that included $136 billion in tax breaks.

"Making state sales tax deductibility a reality for 2004 and 2005 was a big win for our state, but now we need to make this deduction permanent," Baird said. "This deduction benefits our state's economy in countless ways, and I will continue to work with colleagues on both sides of the aisle to make it permanent."

Seven states levy sales taxes but not income taxes: Alaska, Florida, Nevada, South Dakota, Texas, Washington and Wyoming.

In states that have sales and state income taxes, taxpayers can deduct one or the other from their federal taxes, but not both.

Taxpayers do not have to keep track of how much sales tax they paid during the previous year. The Internal Revenue Service has prepared tables for taxpayers to use in filing their federal returns.

Internet users can find the tables at www.irs.gov/pub /irs-pdf/p600.pdf.

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(Excerpt) Read more at columbian.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Government; News/Current Events; US: Washington
KEYWORDS: brains; brianbaird; budget; cantwell; democrat; glory; guts; help; maria; mariacantwell; salestax; taxcut; taxes; taxrelief
Give 'em hell, Cantwell! ( http://Iblog4SenatorCantwell.blogspot.com )

Give 'em hell, Baird!

Give 'em hell, Brady!

1 posted on 01/28/2005 2:22:10 PM PST by Josef1235
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To: Josef1235

Go to hell Can'twell! and take Osamma Mamma Murray with you.


2 posted on 01/28/2005 2:26:43 PM PST by RetiredArmy (The Democratic Party would make Uncle Joe Stalin Proud!)
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To: Josef1235

Uh-oh! In MN, I'm sure this means they'll have to revise the tax code to make up for the "free" federal giveaway they'll lose from eager taxpayers.


3 posted on 01/28/2005 2:27:42 PM PST by AmericanChef
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To: RetiredArmy

FYI: I'll gladly tie Osama Mama to the stake, too.


4 posted on 01/28/2005 2:29:59 PM PST by Josef1235 (My blog: http://josef-a-k.blogspot.com)
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To: AmericanChef

I hope not but keep us briefed.


5 posted on 01/28/2005 2:30:27 PM PST by Josef1235 (My blog: http://josef-a-k.blogspot.com)
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Senator Cantwell's official statement: http://cantwell.senate.gov/news/releases/2005_01_26_salestax.html


6 posted on 01/28/2005 2:31:28 PM PST by Josef1235 (My blog: http://josef-a-k.blogspot.com)
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To: Baynative

Not much argument here...


8 posted on 01/28/2005 5:05:20 PM PST by Josef1235 (My blog: http://josef-a-k.blogspot.com)
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