Seattle Tax Advisory Group

The purpose of the Seattle Tax Advisory Group is to:

  • provide a forum for the City of Seattle and the business community to discuss tax administration and policy
  • provide a taxpayer perspective on specific tax issues
  • assist in the development of tax policy
  • identify Seattle tax administration improvements

The group is led by the City of Seattle's Tax Administration division, part of the Department of Finance and Administrative Services.

Membership guidelines

The City of Seattle selects Tax Advisory Group members. To better reflect the Seattle business community, representation is proportional between corporations and small businesses. Members do not advocate interests or positions specific to their own organizations but instead provide objective expertise.

The Tax Advisory Group's size is limited to 10 members. Additionally, members:

  • serve for two years
  • serve voluntarily and may ask to be replaced at any time
  • meet on a quarterly basis
  • approve meeting minutes to be posted publically on this website

Member duties

The Tax Advisory Group provides recommendations to the Seattle Finance Director on tax policies, programs and procedures. The group reviews existing policies, as well as emerging issues. It also provides constructive observations about tax impact on businesses. Over the course of a two-year term, group members consider a broad range of issues and provide recommendations that have substantive effect on policy implementation.

Decision-making process

Tax Advisory Group meetings are facilitated, informal discussions of issues and options. City staff provides background information that the group uses as the basis for its recommendations. The group aims for consensus. If there is no consensus, members provide a range of options for the Finance Director to consider.

The Finance Director has the final decision-making authority. If the director does not follow the Tax Advisory Group recommendation, a detailed explanation of the director's decision will be provided. All decisions and meeting minutes are published on this website and distributed to the advisory group.

Tax Advisory Group documents

Tax Advisory Group meeting minutes: September 2014

Tax Advisory Group meeting minutes: June 2014

Tax Advisory Group meeting minutes: March 2014

Tax Advisory Group meeting minutes: October 2013

Tax Advisory Group meeting minutes: June 2013

Tax Advisory Group meeting minutes: March 2013

Tax Advisory Group charter

Tax Advisory Group work plan