February 27, 2009

Washington transparency reforms target tax information

Victor over at WriteOnNevada gave me the heads up on this one. The Washington Policy Center has put out a study [PDF warning] that details how there are over "1,790 taxing districts" in Washington State as of 2008. Jason Mercier, director of the Center for Government Reform, explains:

According to the Washington State Department of Revenue (DOR), as of 2008 there were 1,790 taxing districts in the state whose officials impose various taxes on Washingtonians. Unfortunately for taxpayers, there is no single comprehensive resource available to help individuals and businesses learn which taxing districts and rates they are subject to, and how much officials in each taxing district add to their total tax burden.

They then go on to suggest the creation of "an online searchable database of all tax districts and tax rates in the state".

It's encouraging to see these transparency efforts in Washington. Citizens in Washington and across the nation should have a right to this information, and we hope the legislators feel the same way.