Experienced Representation for Businesses In Washington State Including Seattle, Bellevue, Everett, Redmond, Kirkland, Issaquah, Kent, Normandy Park, Mercer Island.
Our Seattle state and local tax attorneys will help you confront a range of issues, including:
- Washington State Department of Revenue Excise Tax Audit: The State of Washington is not exactly "business friendly" when it comes to auditing and collecting from business taxpayers. Unlike many IRS matters, a business should not attempt to deal with this alone. Auditors have a lot of personal leeway as to their expectations and what they will accept. This is always the best stage to deal with a Washington State tax matter, but many taxpayers lose this opportunity by thinking the process will be simple. They also often create large penalties for themselves, which can exceed 50% of the total liability, simply by sitting at the Department of Revenue and talking for three hours openly and honestly with an auditor. If you are having an issue with any Washington state excise tax, including retail sales tax, use tax, business and occupation tax or similar taxes, we can and should help you today.
- Washington State Sales Tax Audit: If you are being audited by the Washington State Department of Revenue for unpaid sales taxes, you need legal help immediately. The State of Washington can hold business owners personally liable for unremitted sales taxes whether collected or not. The outcome of such audits can leave a business owner in debt for hundreds of thousands of dollars, so the stakes are high. The documentation requirements can be tricky, but often times there are multiple alternatives to establish that sales are not subject to sales tax. During the audit stage, the State of Washington has a decent amount of discretion as far as the amount owed, but once it is assessed, it is almost impossible to reduce. Once an audit is concluded, the business has lost the best possible opportunity to avoid tax liability and penalties. The State of Washington offers very few collection alternatives in comparison to the IRS. They can put you out of business in a short period of time simply by demanding too much money. Many people try to save money by not hiring a competent professional, and end up owing hundreds of thousands of dollars. They further find that a tax attorney can do little for them at that point. Call today for a free and confidential consultation before going to that first audit. Use tax audits are simply audits by the Department of Revenue to assure that the business paid use tax on out of state purchases. Many businesses will make purchases of large items online or in other states hoping to avoid sales tax, but the State of Washington can still collect this unpaid that through charging "use tax." The buyer can credit any sales taxes paid, but often there are none. Because a business can make many thousands of dollars of purchases online, or in other ways not subject to sales tax, the use tax liability can add up fast. Call today and let us help.
- Washington State Business and Occupation (B&O) Tax Audits: Any party that does business in the State of Washington is required to pay Business & Occupation taxes based on their revenue. Even if no profit is earned, a business still will likely be required to pay B&O taxes. If your business is being audited by the Washington State Department of Revenue, call Insight Law today for a free confidential consultation. The State of Washington can give a good amount of leeway during the audit stage if handled correctly, but their collections department is not so kind. With Washington State business taxes, it is much more important to get representation early in the audit process because you do not get as many opportunities to establish your case like you would with the IRS. And they are far less understanding when it comes to collection.
- Apportionment issues: States and municipalities will often attempt to tax the greatest percentage of business revenue they possibly can. Over time, this can create a situation where multiple jurisdictions tax the same revenue streams. We will help you create an apportionment scheme that minimizes state and local tax, and prevent the double dipping that often occurs. As a business owner, you know how difficult it can be to navigate the state, county and municipal taxes, especially if you have businesses in more than one location. Without an experienced tax attorney by your side, you could be paying more than what is owed. At Insight Law in Seattle, Washington, we help business owners address issues relating to state and local taxes. As your dedicated advocates, we will protect your rights and ensure that you only pay the taxes you owe.
Our attorneys have a deep understanding of the complexities and differences between the tax regimes of every state, county and municipality. We will apply our knowledge to your unique situation and help you effectively resolve your issues.
Affordable Resolutions in State and Local Tax Matters
State, county and municipal tax authorities have complex and often overlapping revenue collection regulations. Additionally, the onus falls on the business owner to correct any over-collection issues. These factors could lead business owners to inadvertently pay more taxes than what is owed.
Seattle Business And Occupation (B&O) Tax Attorney - Bellevue Sales Tax Lawyer - Everett Washington Excise Tax Attorneys
Our firm provides top-notch client-focused legal representation at an excellent price. If Insight Law cannot provide a solution, there is no risk and you will owe nothing. Call 206-922-8078 or contact us by e-mail to arrange a free initial consultation or case evaluation directly with our attorney.
"I've been searching for an attorney to assist with income and small business tax issues for my business and my clients (I'm an attorney too), and finding Chris was such a relief. Chris' minute knowledge of the code is insanely impressive. He's knowledgeable on a wide range of tax issues and, best of all, is direct and clear when giving legal advice. A further bonus- no big firm egos and prices to drive me crazy. Specifically, I have looked to Chris on complex issues relating to IRS tax controversies, setting up 401ks with small businesses (safe harbor, etc.), business tax returns, and small business start-up strategies. He's given spot-on straightforward advice."
, Seattle, Washington