Washington State and Local Tax Litigation

State and local governments, Department of Revenue, Department of Labor & Industries and Employment Security Department can and have targeted small business for intrusive audits, unrealistic assessments and aggressive collection procedures. Our attorneys have helped diverse businesses such as roofers, restaurants, contractors, fire restoration services, marine janitorial companies, medical spas, tour guides, and new media publishers to avoid paying excessive state and local taxes, labor & industries premiums, and employment security department premiums.

Our attorneys with their unique business perspective can step in at the audit stage, or, if need be, try your case before Board of Tax Appeals, Board of Industrial Insurance Appeals, Office of Administrative Hearings, and/or Superior Court. We have a track record of proven success saving our small business clients, in some cases, hundreds of thousands of dollars. This includes a recent trial victory before the Board of Tax Appeals which overturned an assessment by proving to a three judge panel the Department of Revenue's assessment methodology was arbitrary and not based on sound tax or business law. 

We offer the following services

  • Washington State Department of Revenue Audits
  • Washington State Department of Labor & Industry Audits
  • Employment Security Department Audits
  • Department of Revenue Appeals
  • Labor & Industries Reconsideration
  • Employment Security Audit Appeals
  • Representation & Trial Before Board of Tax Appeals
  • Representation & Trial Services Before Board of Industrial Insurance Appeals
  • Representation & Trial Services Before Office of Administrative Hearings
  • Seattle Municipal Tax Representation
  • State and Local Tax Planning¬†
  • Transaction and Business Planning
  • Collection Defense
  • Notice of Withhold & Deliver Defense
  • Garnishment Defense
  • Payment plan structure and negotiation
  • Tax exemption litigation¬†

Barokas Martin & Tomlinson

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