Judge tosses challenge to Seattle’s tax on big businesses

SEATTLE (AP) — A King County judge has tossed a lawsuit against Seattle’s new tax on high-earning workers at large businesses, ruling that it is within the city’s authority to tax businesses. The Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce had challenged the tax, arguing it was a tax on employees and calling it “illegal, invalid, and unenforceable.” The Seattle Times reports King County Superior Court Judge Mary Roberts on Friday sided with the city, ruling the tax applies to businesses, not their employees, and “is a constitutionally permissible excise tax on the privilege of doing business.” Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce president and CEO Rachel Smith says they are working with their legal team on next steps.