201806.220

U.S. Supreme Court Expands Rights of States to Collect Tax on Internet Transactions

Since the dawn of the Internet, online sellers have benefited from a line of United States Supreme Court precedent that prevented states from requiring out-of-state businesses to collect and remit sales tax on sales in states where the seller has no “physical presence.” On June 21, 2018, the Court discarded its longstanding “physical presence” test,…

201806.110

IRS Issues Notice on State and Local Tax Deductions

From: Vandenack Weaver LLC On May 23, 2018 the U.S. Department of Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service issued Notice 2018-54, which announced new  proposed regulations addressing state and local tax payment deductions for federal income tax purposes. The 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act places limits on an individual’s deduction to $10,000 ($5,000 in…

201802.210

Passport Revocation for Seriously Delinquent Tax Debt

Tax

From Helsell Fetterman In 2015, Congress passed the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act, which requires the State Department to deny an individual’s passport application and revoke or limit an individual’s passport if the IRS has certified to the State Department that the individual has a “seriously delinquent tax debt.” After several years of non-enforcement,…

201710.260

New Washington State Supreme Court Case: Updated Standard for Discrimination Claims and A Warning That Policies Can Modify At-Will Employment

Employment

From Helsell Fetterman On October 19, 2017, the Washington State Supreme Court entered its opinion in the matter of Mikkelsen v. Public Utility District No. 1 of Kittias County, et al.  In Mikkelsen, the female plaintiff sued her former employer (a utility district) for wrongful discharge based on gender and age discrimination, and failure to…

201710.250

Wine Damage During Bottling Underscores Importance of Insurance

Business, Wine

From Helsell Fetterman Wine is a very fragile product that can be damaged by heat, light, physical damage to bottles, or even during the bottling process itself.  The damage suffered by a Washington cult winery during bottling underscores the importance of obtaining proper insurance. Cayuse Vineyards recently sent an email to its customers informing them…