Legal & Taxes

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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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. […]

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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 […]

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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. “They were going to Seattle to find work and they stopped […]

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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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