Seattle tax on big businesses upheld by state appeals court

SEATTLE (AP) — An appellate court judge has upheld Seattle’s payroll tax, affirming a decision made in King County Superior Court last year. The Seattle Times reports in an opinion published Tuesday, the Division I Court of Appeals deemed Seattle’s JumpStart tax lawful. The lawsuit was filed by the Chamber of Commerce in 2020, arguing the tax is illegal. Companies with annual payrolls over $7 million are taxed under the measure based on their pay to employees making over $150,000 per year. In 2021, the tax brought $231 million in revenue to the city. The chamber in a statement Tuesday did not indicate whether it planned to appeal the decision.