Tax bill beneficial to Washington residents

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Thanks to bipartisan efforts over the course of several months in the nation’s capital, led in part by Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-Wa.), President Barack Obama this past Friday signed into law a tax bill that enables Washingtonians to claim the state and local sales tax deduction on their 2014 federal income taxes.

Cantwell said she pushed to ensure the sales tax deduction remains in effect, “…and to provide tax fairness for taxpayers in Washington state and other states that don’t have an income tax.

Obama last Friday also signed into the law the National Defense Authorization Act of 2015, which includes a Cantwell-sponsored provision that will preserve Hanford’s B Reactor as part of a Manhattan Project National Historical Park.

The defense bill also includes a Cantwell-backed measure that helps ensure female small business owners have equal access to federal contracting; and a measure that transfers a surplus 1,600 acres at the Hanford site to the Tri-City Development Council for economic development.


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