House Bill 1500, which is labeled as a bill "increasing tax exemption transparency and accountability," raises a number of concerns. It adds unnecessary layers to Washington’s strong transparency laws currently on the books and threatens the predictability and stability of Washington’s tax code.
• Establishes the tax exemption transparency and accountability act.
• Creates a tax expenditure budget as part of the biennial budget adopted by the Legislature.
• Reforms the tax expenditure process by including tax expenditures in a tax expenditure budget in the biennial state budget process and requires they be readopted every two years as part of the budget process or they expire.
• Requires the Department of Revenue to prepare a tax expenditure budget.
• Requires the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Committee to report its findings and recommendations for scheduled tax expenditures to the Citizen Commission for Performance Measurement of Tax Expenditures by June 30 of each year.
Contact Eric Lohnes, AWB government affairs director for tax and fiscal policy, to learn more about the bill or to join AWB in testifying about its impacts.
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