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    Alert: Accounting Services Deemed Essential

    by WSCPA | Mar 24, 2020
    On March 23, Governor Inslee announced a “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order for a minimum of two weeks. All Washington residents must stay home unless they are providing an essential service. Accounting services are included in the Governor’s list of essential services.
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    WSCPA Urges Governor Inslee to Add Accounting to 'Essential Services'

    by Kimberly Scott | Mar 23, 2020
    During these uncertain times when federal and state rules and procedures are changing daily because of COVID-19, the WSCPA has received inquiries from members regarding adding accounting as “essential services” should Governor Inslee issue a statewide shelter-in-place mandate.
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  • Federal and State Updates Regarding COVID-19

    by WSCPA | Mar 18, 2020
    Find the latest resources from various federal and state agencies regarding COVID-19. We're monitoring and updating this list as developments continue to unfold.
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    Legislative Update: Workforce Education Investment Act

    by Ashley Kittrell | Feb 14, 2020
    Governor Inslee signed the B&O surcharge “fix” (Substitute Senate Bill 6492) to the Workforce Education Investment Act on February 11. SSB 6492 simplifies the administration and compliance burdens for businesses subject to the B&O Services & Other tax. Here’s a glance at the changes…
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    No Shortage of Hot Topics in 2020 Legislative ‘Short’ Session

    by Ashley Kittrell | Feb 03, 2020
    The Legislature is well into its so-called 60-day short session and tackling issues such as potential transportation budget shortfalls, homelessness, consumer data privacy, gun responsibility, healthcare, and behavioral health. All bills must be passed through relevant policy committees by February 7 to “stay alive” and continue through the passage process.
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    2020 Hill Day

    by Ashley Kittrell | Oct 16, 2019
    Join us in Olympia on January 15 for one of the year’s most important advocacy events. Learn about current issues facing the profession on a national and state level. Most importantly, meet with your legislators not just as constituents but as representatives of the CPA profession.
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    A Fiscal Reality: WSCPA and AICPA Support the Fiscal State of the Nation Resolution

    by WSCPA | Oct 14, 2019
    Representatives Kathleen Rice (D-N.Y.) and Andy Barr (R-K.Y.) introduced the Fiscal State of the Nation Resolution, H. Con. Res. 68, with 103 additional cosponsors. It provides “for a joint hearing of the Committees on the Budget of the House of Representatives and the Senate to receive a presentation from the Comptroller General of the United States regarding the audited financial statement of the executive branch.”
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    Legislation Defines and Encourages Development of Blockchain and Distributed Ledger Technology

    by Ashley Kittrell | Jul 24, 2019
    State legislatures are increasingly passing legislation recognizing blockchain technology and paving the way for the implementation of new technologies. Washington is no exception and passed Senate Bill 5638 with bipartisan support during the 2018-19 legislative session.
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    Give a Little, Get a Little: Licensing No Longer Required for Some Washington State CPA Firms

    by Charles Satterlund, CPA | Jul 22, 2019
    Recently passed House Bill 1208 bill limits the requirement for a firm license in Washington State to only those firms that perform or offer to perform compilation or attest services.
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    WSCPA Calls On Washington’s U.S. Senators and Representatives to Support Practitioner Services Division at IRS

    by WSCPA | Jul 12, 2019
    This past May, at the conclusion of the AICPA’s Spring Meeting of Council, several hundred CPAs from across the nation met with Members of Congress to ask them to support consolidating existing IRS units into a Practitioner Services Division so that taxpayer issues are more efficiently resolved.
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    DOR Announces Changes to Qualified Nonresident Sales

    by Ashley Kittrell | Jun 26, 2019
    Due to recent changes in state law, the retail sales tax exemption for sales to qualified nonresidents at the point of sale will be eliminated beginning July 1, 2019.
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    Impacts of New Taxes on Service Sector

    by Ashley Kittrell | Jun 26, 2019
    See the fiscal impact of recently passed legislation to fund higher education (E2SHB 2158) on the service sector.
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    Making an Impact for the Profession at Hill Day

    by Brandon Gebhardt CPA, CMA, CFE, CSCA | Jun 17, 2019
    Hill Day is a great opportunity to connect with fellow CPAs, learn about the issues facing the profession, and build connections with your legislators. Read about Brandon Gebhardt's Hill Day experience.
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    Protecting the Profession

    by Ashley Kittrell | May 28, 2019
    At the time this article was written, the 2019 Legislature was more than halfway through their 105-day session. The number of bills introduced during legislative sessions is overwhelming. Representatives and staff review, write, and hear hundreds of proposals within a limited time frame.
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    2019 Legislative Session Recap

    by Ashley Kittrell | May 23, 2019
    The 105-day legislative session ended as scheduled on April 28 for the first time in ten years. More than 2,000 bills were considered throughout the session addressing homelessness, criminal justice reforms, broadband internet service, education, opioids, healthcare, and climate change. Read more about some of the issues that WSCPA monitored and provided feedback on throughout the session.
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    The Latest in Advocacy: DOR Business Advisory Council, Hill Day 2019, and CPAPAC

    by Ashley Kittrell | Oct 19, 2018
    The WSCPA is excited to announce that three WSCPA members have been appointed to the Business Advisory Council, recently formed by the Department of Revenue. Each member brings years of expertise and experience and will provide valuable feedback and insight.
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    Disaster Relief: Preparing for the Unknown

    by Ashley Kittrell | Oct 03, 2018
    Disasters are an unfortunate reality of life that you can never fully prepare for. Knowing that there are safeguards in place both as a CPA and taxpayer can ease the recovery process. The AICPA has made several recommendations to the IRS for effective disaster relief tax provisions.
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    Department of Revenue Releases Guidance Post Wayfair

    by Ashley Kittrell | Aug 09, 2018
    The U.S. Supreme Court decision in South Dakota v. Wayfair, Inc. allows states to require out-of-state retailers to collect sales tax. While there are still unknown implications, the Department of Revenue recently issued several statements on this issue.
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    IRS Releases Guidance on Section 199A

    by Ashley Kittrell | Aug 08, 2018
    Tax practitioners have been waiting for guidance from the IRS regarding the qualified business income deduction section since the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act was passed last fall. This morning, regulations for Section 199A have been released.
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    Advocacy at Work: The Greatest Bill in the History of Great Bills

    by Ashley Kittrell | Aug 07, 2018
    Despite what Schoolhouse Rock would have you believe, passing legislation is not an easy task. Bracing from a long 2017 session that lasted 105 days and three additional special sessions each 30 days long, the legislature prepared itself for 60 days of nonstop activity, fearing another ominous series of special sessions if they failed to pass supplemental budgets and resolve key issues such as McCleary and Hirst.
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