Legal & Taxes


Several local business leaders feeling optimistic about tax reform

As 2018 ushers in changes to the United States tax code, many Tri-City business leaders are trying to wrap their head around what it means and how it will affect their companies. The bill was signed by President Trump just before Christmas and is the first major change to the tax code since former President…


Experts discuss ways to find deductions before new tax law takes effect

Tri-City tax professionals are boning up on the new tax code as they prepare for the start of the 2017 tax filing season. Signed into law just before the end of the year, the changes mark the first major reform of the tax code since the mid 1980s. It won’t take effect until 2018 taxes…

Nonprofit board members should be aware of liability pitfalls

By Beau Ruff Charities and nonprofits need good people who are willing to donate time and energy to make sure the enterprise is running efficiently and doing good deeds. So, they seek out volunteers who are willing to devote time and energy to serve on the board and help to oversee the group’s operations and…

choosing the right tax preparer

IRS offers tips for choosing qualified tax return preparers

As the tax filing season approaches, the Internal Revenue Service is reminding taxpayers to start thinking about who will prepare their federal tax returns. In 2017, more than 132 million individual and family tax returns were e-filed, the most accurate, safest and easiest way to file, according to the agency. More than 16 million were…

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Tax advisers field unusual questions to help clients maximize deductions

For many Americans, tax season comes with spring. But for Ty Schatz, a certified public accountant with Michels & Schilperoot PS Inc. in Sunnyside, the season kicks off in mid-November. “Clients want to know where they stand tax-wise and what could be done prior to year-end to reduce their tax bill,” he said. Saving clients…

Legal & Taxes

Charitable giving gives back with tax breaks

Many people in the Mid-Columbia region donate to their favorite charities, especially during the holiday season. It feels good to help the less fortunate. But why not help yourself too by getting tax credits for giving? Darren Szendre, a certified public accountant and owner of Tri-Cities Tax in Kennewick, believes in the spirit of giving.…

Washington’s new Power of Attorney Act deserves special attention

By Beau Ruff Estate planning attorneys often remind their clients that laws change frequently and estate plans should be updated periodically to take into account not just changed family circumstances, but also new laws. And, sometimes a new law has such broad implication for estate planning that it is deserves special attention. Such is the…

Legal & Taxes

Report: Washington state has highest cellphone tax rate in country

Washington state has the highest cellphone tax rate in the country. That’s according to a recent study by the Tax Foundation, a nonprofit independent tax policy research group based in Washington, D.C. Taxes and fees on wireless consumers increased to a record high of 18.6 percent of the average U.S. customer’s monthly bill, according to…

American Tax Consultants

Tax business grows and expand services through 40-year history

Katie and Wayne Jackson were both first-generation college graduates, earning their degrees in education. They met at Southern University in Baton Rouge, La. and moved to the Northwest in 1968, when northern schools were seeking to integrate more African American teachers into their staff. [blockquote quote=”Help everyone who walks through the door. And what keeps…

Last year, the state of Washington became a pioneer in the justice system by being the first state to train, license, and regulate legal technicians. This new breed of legal professional are trained and licensed to advise and assist people going through divorce, child custody and other family-law matters in Washington.

Washington becomes first state to license legal technicians

In May of 2015, Priscilla Selden of Wenatchee and others passed an eight-hour licensing exam, moving one step closer to becoming the first Limited License Legal Technicians in the country. The state’s new Limited License Legal Technician is a new professional designation that authorizes them to advise clients and file documents in family law court…

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