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February 06, 2004

Just round up--or leave

One more penny on the sales tax, which is now proposed, would have one fine effect: It would make it much easier to estimate the tax. Now the tax in Seattle is 8.8 percent and at restaurants, 9.3 percent. Using either of these factors is hard on the brain, but 9.8 percent is so close to 10 that you can just move the decimal point.

A $600 laptop, $60 tax. A $2,300 plasma monitor, $230 tax. Now everyone will be able to calculate the tax in advance, and know how much he or she is paying--or not paying--by using the Internet, or going to Portland.

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Posted by Bruce Ramsey at February 6, 2004 03:55 PM



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