taxes Section

Burien property taxes up 18% over 2017; but city will get only 1% more

Burien property taxes up 18% over 2017; but city will get only 1% more

By Jack Mayne Burien property taxes are going up more than 18 percent this year, but don’t blame the Burien city government – blame the Washington Legislature for approving the new school financing... [Read more]

Sponsored Post Welcome New Advertiser – H&R Block!

Welcome New Advertiser – H&R Block!

We’d like to offer a hearty welcome to our newest advertiser: H&R Block! The folks at H&R Block have years of tax preparation experience. They are affordable. They are neighborly and friendly. And... [Read more]

United Way of King County’s Free Tax Prep can help residents in need

United Way of King County’s Free Tax Prep can help residents in need

From our friends at United Way King County: Clara works two part-time jobs and makes $30,000 a year to support herself and her two children. Every week she makes decisions on how to budget their money.... [Read more]

Volunteers needed to help United Way’s Free Tax Preparation service

Volunteers needed to help United Way’s Free Tax Preparation service

From our friends at United Way of King County: Maria, a single mother of two making $30,000 a year, has to regularly choose between education, car repair, or dental care. But during the last tax season,... [Read more]

LETTER: Resident wants City of Burien to not pay taxes to support Port of Seattle

LETTER: Resident wants City of Burien to not pay taxes to support Port of Seattle

[EDITOR’S NOTE: The following is a Letter to the Editor, written by a Reader. It does not necessarily reflect the opinion of The B-Town Blog nor its staff:] Greetings Council, As I mentioned in the... [Read more]

United Way FREE Tax services provided at Burien Goodwill until April 20

United Way FREE Tax services provided at Burien Goodwill until April 20

Take the stress out of filing your taxes and maximize your refund – have United Way of King County prepare your return for FREE! United Way of King County is offering free tax preparation services in... [Read more]

Volunteers needed to help United Way’s Tax Prep program

Volunteers needed to help United Way’s Tax Prep program

Volunteers are needed to help United Way’s annual Tax Prep program, which benefits low-and-middle income individuals and families by providing free tax services. Tax time can make an unstable situation... [Read more]

Sponsored Post DAL Law Firm: Some tax debts can be discharged in a bankruptcy

DAL Law Firm: Some tax debts can be discharged in a bankruptcy

From Advertiser DAL Law Firm: Dealing with Tax Debt? We Might Be Able to Help! We’ve heard from many clients that they think that their debt to the IRS can’t be discharged in bankruptcy. Well, we... [Read more]

JACK MAYNE: Should tax dollars be spent on unreasonable records requests?

JACK MAYNE: Should tax dollars be spent on unreasonable records requests?

Commentary by Senior Writer Jack Mayne (click “Play” button to hear audio version:) http://www.b-townblog.com/wp-content/images/JackMayne-PublicRecords090916.mp3 Do South King County taxpayers want... [Read more]

Special Burien Council meeting to discuss possible financial policies Monday

Special Burien Council meeting to discuss possible financial policies Monday

EDITOR’S NOTE: This post was revised with updated information on Monday, Aug. 22, 2016: The Burien City Council will be holding a special meeting starting at 7 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 22, to discuss... [Read more]

United Way of King County offering free tax return services at Burien Goodwill

United Way of King County offering free tax return services at Burien Goodwill

Take the stress out of filing your taxes and maximize your refund – have United Way of King County prepare your return for free! United Way of King County is offering free tax preparation services in... [Read more]

Sponsored Post Discover Burien’s ‘Tax Preparation for Business Owners’ will be Thurs., Jan. 28

Discover Burien’s ‘Tax Preparation for Business Owners’ will be Thurs., Jan. 28

Discover Burien is holding a ‘Tax Preparation for Business Owners’ educational event on Thursday, Jan. 28, from 7:30 – 8:30 a.m. at their offices at 427 SW 152nd Street. Discover Burien... [Read more]

Council rejects move to cut police budget, gives Burien employees living cost raise

Council rejects move to cut police budget, gives Burien employees living cost raise

by Jack Mayne Updating Burien’s biennial budget halfway through drew attempts to slash the budget for city police and to increase the cost of living increase for Burien city workers. After two and a... [Read more]

PODCAST: SeaTac fire displaces 3 families; Jack Mayne Commentary, more

PODCAST: SeaTac fire displaces 3 families; Jack Mayne Commentary, more

Here’s episode #27 of our SoKing News Podcast Weekly Recap, which is sponsored by a generous grant from J-Lab’s Encore Media Entrepreneurs program, supported with funding from the Ethics... [Read more]

United Way seeking Volunteers to help with taxes

United Way seeking Volunteers to help with taxes

United Way of King County is seeking Volunteers to help at neighborhood tax sites, including the Burien Goodwill. Here’s more info: Every year in Washington State, low-and-middle income individuals... [Read more]

Burien City Council considers 1 percent increase in 2016 property taxes

Burien City Council considers 1 percent increase in 2016 property taxes

by Jack Mayne Even though the financial outlook for Burien is improving along with the state’s economy, a 1 percent increase of resident’s property taxes was given initial consideration by the Burien... [Read more]

City Council supports school financing, rejects minimum wage support

City Council supports school financing, rejects minimum wage support

by Jack Mayne The Burien City Council spent a long time honing and refashioning its goals for dealing with the local, state and federal governments, seeking a federal increase in its minimum wage, but... [Read more]

United Way of King County offering FREE tax preparation

United Way of King County offering FREE tax preparation

United Way of King County is offering free tax preparation services to local households making under $60,000. Volunteers will prepare taxes for attendees and help connect them with one-on-one financial... [Read more]

You don’t know AARP…but AARP can help you with your taxes for FREE

You don’t know AARP…but AARP can help you with your taxes for FREE

AARP volunteers will be providing FREE basic income tax returns to taxpayers with low and moderate income, with special attention to those 60 and older. This service will be provided at the Burien Community... [Read more]

United Way of King County can take tax stress away – they’ll do yours for free!

United Way of King County can take tax stress away – they’ll do yours for free!

United Way of King County is offering free tax preparation services in 25 locations to qualifying families throughout King County from now until April 18th.  Households making under $60,000 can have their... [Read more]

Business tax increase and biennial Burien budget approved Monday night

Business tax increase and biennial Burien budget approved Monday night

by Jack Mayne After a long debate over whether to authorize hiring of a new economic development specialist, the Burien City Council at its Monday meeting (Dec. 1) approved on a 5-2 vote the two-year city... [Read more]

Business tax increased as Burien City Council wrestles with new budget

Business tax increased as Burien City Council wrestles with new budget

by Jack Mayne In a meeting leading up to December passage of the Burien 2015-2016 city budget, the Burien City Council preliminarily okayed increasing the business and occupations tax, and also increased... [Read more]

Burien Council remains hesitant about specific goals for new biennial budget

Burien Council remains hesitant about specific goals for new biennial budget

by Jack Mayne Finance Director Kim Krause told the Burien City Council Monday night of adjustments in the preliminary 2015-2016 biennial budget scheduled for adopting on Dec. 1. One is an increase in property... [Read more]

Proposal to double B&O tax on larger businesses submitted to City Council

Proposal to double B&O tax on larger businesses submitted to City Council

by Jack Mayne In order to seek potential boutique hotels, arts facilities and increased general business, Burien City Manager Kamuron Gurol is proposing to double the city’s Business and Occupations... [Read more]