The meaning of double taxation | Letter

A response to Sam DeBord’s recent guest editorial.

Sam DeBord’s recent guest column (“What tax reform means here at home,” Kirkland Reporter, Dec. 1,) misconstrues the term “double taxation” when he suggests that the federal income tax and the state property tax are evidence of double taxation. This is not what that term means, which does mean being taxed as both corporate and personal income.

What Mr DeBord is describing isn’t double taxation, it’s just two taxes. After all, why should the feds lose on their income taxes because some other entity taxed you? It makes no more sense than suggesting we be allowed to deduct our federal income tax from our property taxes.

Each tax is a tax on your money or property, and if anything, the property tax itself is worse than double taxation, as it annually taxes the exact same wealth and taxes people on estimated and unrealized gains, meaning we’re taxed on wealth we don’t actually have.

David Wall,


More in Letters to the Editor

Big Oil’s ‘Kool-Aid’ | Letter

Voters drank Big Oil’s “Kool-Aid” on Nov. 6 and rejected Initiative 1631.… Continue reading

For unsolvable problems | Letter

For unsolvable problems The key to solving any problem is to understand… Continue reading

Non-addictive pain management | Letter

Dear high school student, If you get your wisdom teeth removed, take… Continue reading

A faithful response to hate | Letter

In response to the fliers recently posted in the Kirkland area by… Continue reading

Hate has no home here | Letter

Recently it was brought to my attention that fliers promoting racism and… Continue reading

Proposition 1 will focus on property crimes | Letter

Kirkland is proposing an important measure to advance public safety services in… Continue reading

Kavanaugh should be rejected | Letter

I find Republican caviling at the Brett Kavanaugh hearings baffling. For just… Continue reading

Concerns regarding Bridle Trails growth | Letter

We live north of the Bridle Trails Shopping Center and we would… Continue reading

Family Literacy Night was a huge success | Letter

I am writing today to say how excited I was to read… Continue reading

Global warming and Drive Throughs

Why don’t we hear anything about busy drive througs for coffee, fast food, drug stores and banking?

Private schools are not a solution to mass shootings | Letter

This letter is a response to “Don’t ban guns, ban government schools”.