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‘Tis the Season: A Gifting Opportunity

Posted on November 26, 2018 by Jill Fairchild

If you are in the holiday spirit this season, you may wish to make gifts using the 2018 annual federal gift tax exclusion amount. To qualify for the annual federal gift tax exclusion, gifts must be made no later than December 31, 2018. You may give up to $15,000 to as many recipients as you Read more >

The Appealing Truths to a Second Bite at the Apple: Why a Civil Appeal Might be Right for You

Posted on November 14, 2018 by Mark O. Morgan

Our civil rules encourage settlement. Settlement prevents the “winner take all” scenario and encourages the efficient use of court resources–trials are time-consuming and expensive. Although avoiding the courtroom altogether may sound appealing (pardon the pun), remember that you do not need a jury verdict to appeal your case. Here are some things to consider in Read more >

Sales Tax Developments

Posted on October 10, 2018 by Konrad Miernowski

Overview On June 21, 2018, the Supreme Court decided South Dakota v. Wayfair. This pivotal sales tax case allows states to impose sales tax obligations on out-of-state businesses that have no physical presence in the state.  Previously, a business had to have some sort of physical presence in the state, such as an employee working Read more >

Don’t Let Your Former Employer “Blacklist” You

Posted on May 31, 2018 by Shannon L. Trivett

The Washington Law Against Discrimination makes it unlawful for an employer to “discharge, expel, or otherwise discriminate” against a job applicant or employee on the basis of that person’s protected characteristic such as race, age, or sex. Likewise, the WLAD also makes it unlawful for an employer to do the same because he or she Read more >

The Disappearing Maintenance Benefit

Posted on February 19, 2018 by Miriam Gordon

In a divorce, there are generally three types of payments that can be made between the divorcing parties. The first is considered an equalizing property transfer payment. For example, if, after the allocation of all real property, bank accounts, retirement accounts, and investment accounts, there is a disparate value between the parties, one party usually Read more >

Complexity for Employers in New Washington State Sick Leave Law

Posted on February 15, 2018 by Andrew Goodrich

Beginning on January 1, 2018, all employers in the State of Washington are required to provide paid sick leave to certain employees. This new law implements Initiative 1433, passed by Washington voters in 2016. While employers may be compliant in theory, the new law and regulations include a number of requirements and obligations that employers Read more >

Estate Planning Alert: New Tax Law Doubles the Federal Estate Tax Exemption Amount … For Now

Posted on January 29, 2018 by Lasher Holzapfel Sperry & Eberson

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, signed into law by President Trump on December 22, 2017, is the most significant U.S. tax reform to be enacted in over thirty years. One of its many components is the near doubling of the federal estate, gift, and generation-skipping transfer-tax exemption amount applicable to individuals. The Act raised Read more >