Seattle backs tax on companies like Amazon to help homeless

The internet retail giant says it’s now questioning its future growth in the city. The head tax is a $275 tax per employee for larger companies with more than $20 million in annual revenue. Seattle’s new tax will raise $45 million to $49 million each year from employers, and the money will be used to fight homelessness in the city, reports GeekWire. While the $275 figure is almost half the originally proposed tax of $500 per employee, it still means Amazon will face an extra yearly tax bill of $11 million in the city.Read Full Story

Seattle backs tax on companies like Amazon to help homeless

Seattle leaders on Monday unanimously approved a tax on large businesses such as Amazon and Starbucks to fund the fight against homelessness after weeks of heated debate and raucous hearings.

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