Taxpayer Victory in the WA Board of Tax Appeals


There have been a wave of nexus cases nationally and they seem to have largely gone against taxpayers. However, in the case Sage V Foods, LLC. v. State of Washington (BTA docket no. 11-704), the Washington’s Board of Tax Appeals (BTA) thoughtfully considered Sage V’s commerce clause arguments and agreed with Sage V. This is considered a substantial win for taxpayers. Continue reading

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I-1053: To Challenge or Not to Challenge?

On September 25, 2012, the state Supreme Court heard arguments on the constitutionality of the voter-approved requirement (aka Initiative 1053 and its predecessor, Initiative 960) that the legislature must approve tax increases by a two-thirds majority.  Unless the state Supreme Court concludes that there is no judicable controversy, we should know the fate of the two-third vote requirement in a few months. Continue reading

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Sales For Startups

Matt Heinz is an established knowledge leader in sales and marketing for startups in the Puget Sound area. So when we heard he’d written the book Sales for Startups, my colleague Christina Chan and I jumped at the chance to be able to interview him and get some insights into his experience, what’s in the book, and some valuable advice. Continue reading

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General Solicitation and Startups Presentation

If you are a founder of a startup, you may be excited about the proposed new changes to the SEC general solicitation rules that were part of the JOBS Act for all accredited offerings under Rule 506. Don’t worry, it’s okay to be excited, I am too. But there is a whole lot you need to know before you do anything in regards to these proposed rules, which are not final yet. Continue reading

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JOBS Act, Accredited Investors, and Flaming Hoops

I’ve heard it multiple times now, from angel investors and entrepreneurs alike, that the JOBS Act changed the definition of accredited investorin order to make it easier to be one.  (Remember, Dodd-Frank made it harder.) It’s as if President Obama and the Congress had with the JOBS Act done away with the many flaming hoops that investors and companies have had to jump through for decades in order to raise capital in compliance with the securities laws. Continue reading

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