Article Archives: 2013

Posted by: Mitch Hansen

By Mitch Hansen, CPA, CMA, CFE If you want some real scary reading, put down your Steven King novel and read the Report to the Nations on Occupational Fraud and Abuse that is put out biannually by the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners. According to this study of 1,388 organizations where fraud occurred, the typical […]

Posted by: Karen Dunn

By Karen Dunn, JD, LLM No prohibition exists against a 501(c)(3) organization using the internet for fundraising, the IRS said in a recently released information letter. Web or email fundraising should comply with the same rules* that apply to other solicitations. Since most organizations do some sort of internet solicitations, organizations must be cautious and […]

Posted by: Pete Miller

By Pete Miller, CPA, CFE Fraud represents a risk to every business: public or private, for-profit or not-for-profit, large or small. And a simple truth is this: most organizations overlook an essential fundamental process to designing a comprehensive fraud prevention program– the risk assessment process. Over the past several months, worried business owners, advisors, and […]

Posted by: Bob Heller

By Bob Heller, JD, LLM Is your company leaving money on the table because you are unaware of available tax incentives? If your business is involved in high-tech, aerospace or manufacturing, among other industries, you could be. This year’s Legislature passed several new tax incentives intended to help the state grow and attract new business […]

According to a study from Boston College in 2000, $41 trillion or more will pass from one generation to the next during the period of 1998 to 2052.1  This is based on life expectancy data and 2% real return on portfolios. However, that $41 trillion is a gross figure and after estate fees, estate taxes […]

Posted by: Karen Dunn

By Karen Dunn, JD, LLM On July 2, 2013, the Obama Administration announced the postponement to 2015 of the mandatory employer and insurer reporting requirements under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. This gives employers more time to comply with the new rules. Without this relief, the requirements would apply beginning January 1, 2014. […]

Posted by: Karen Dunn

By Karen Dunn, JD, LLM Although the IRS is currently under fire for its practices around screening applications for exemptions, we should assume they are still “open for business,” collecting taxes, and enforcing tax law. Each year the IRS issues its Annual Report and Priority Guidance Plan. This plan outlines what the IRS accomplished in […]

Posted by: Joe Haberzetle

By Joe Haberzetle, JD, LLM If you are a Washington-based professional services business with at least some of your clients located outside the state, how do you know whether (or to what extent) you’re required pay the state’s business and occupation (B&O) tax on your income from those clients? That is a complicated question, and […]

Posted by: Shawn Hansen

By Shawn Hansen, CPA Implementing a retirement plan can be one of the most rewarding decisions your organization can make. Not only do they help employers attract and retain talent but also provide a saving vehicle for its employees as they build for their future. Once a retirement plan is established, Federal law in the […]

It’s no secret that technology companies based in the State of Washington are among world leaders in advancing technology related to “digital products.” Think cloud computing, music streaming and smartphone apps, just to name a few areas where Washington companies excel. But this transition from products traditionally purchased in brick and mortar stores and services […]

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