Is Washington state's new tax code an income tax? Justices to weigh in

Among the key issues being argued before the justices on Thursday is whether the new tax is, as the state insists, an excise tax, or an income tax.

SEATTLE — An effort to balance what is considered the nation’s most regressive state tax code comes before the Washington Supreme Court on Thursday, in a case that could overturn a prohibition on income taxes that dates to the 1930s.

Washington is one of nine states without an income tax, and its heavy reliance on sales and fuel taxes to pay for schools, roads and other public expenses falls disproportionately on low-income residents.

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