The bipartisan Tax Structure Work Group, which was championed by Rep. Frame, was reauthorized and expanded in the 2019 operating budget. The Work Group is intended to provide a pathway to modernize and rebalance the Washington state tax structure so that it is equitable, adequate, stable, and transparent.
In 2018, the Work Group began facilitating public discussions to garner feedback about the state’s current tax structure and how it affects business owners, workers, and families. The reauthorization of the Work Group will allow that work to continue, and sets up a timeline for engaging the public, providing feedback to the Legislature, and formulating policy proposals to modernize and rebalance the state tax code. In addition, the expansion of the Work Group allows for the assistance of technical advisory groups, which would include policy area experts, tax preparation professionals, and academic scholars.
“Washington state’s current tax structure relies primarily on taxes that burden households at the lowest end of the income spectrum, as well as small businesses, start-up businesses, and low-margin businesses with high capital costs,” said Frame. “In addition, tax preferences have only made our tax code more regressive and created ‘winners’ and ‘losers’ within the code. It’s past time for a holistic review in order to modernize and rebalance our tax code for all taxpayers.”
Learn more about the Tax Structure Work Group, sign up to receive email updates, and find information on past and upcoming meetings on the Department of Revenue dedicated website for the Work Group.