Gonzaga Law Professor Shares Insights about Seattle Income Tax Case

August 11, 2017

David DeWolf, Gonzaga Law professor emeritus, was quoted in an article about a law suit filed on August 8, 2017 to invalidate a tax passed by the Seattle City Council in July that would impose a 2.25% tax on any income over $250,000 or $500,000 for couples filing jointly. The Freedom Foundation, a conservative think tank, filed the suit on behalf of more than a dozen Seattle residents on the grounds that the tax is unconstitutional. When sought for comment, Professor DeWolf predicted that Washington’s Supreme Court would be skeptical of the Seattle tax because of existing restrictions on cities imposing such taxes and because of the number of people who would be exempt from paying. “When you impose a tax it needs to be uniform,” he said.

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