Seattle Legal Services

Washington state tax lawyer Martin Silver has over 25 years of experience representing taxpayers having disputes with Washington State and federal taxing authorities and is recognized as one of Washington’s premier taxation attorneys advocating on behalf of businesses and individuals before Washington’s Department of Revenue and the IRS. Attorney, Wendy Pearson works diligently with her clients to achieve successful outcomes in audits and controversies against the Internal Revenue Service and Washington State Department of Revenue, and counsels clients in organizing their operations and transactions to optimize tax benefits and tax compliance.
In addition to assisting clients with the state and local tax implications of transactions, we also represent a diverse group of clients with state and local tax-related issues in a wide variety of industries, including forest products, utilities, manufacturing and refining, retail, wholesale trade and transportation.



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Kari’s work in the business department includes business planning and advice, including starting and restructuring businesses, business transactions, succession planning, and compensation planning; tax research and problem solving; reviewing accounting records and advising on various tax matters; and advising on corporate governance for profit and nonprofit corporations.

He was formerly the Director of the Boston University Graduate Tax Program, Deputy Directors of the International Tax Program at Harvard Law School, Senior Litigation attorney with IRS Chief Counsel, and Legal Issues Officer with the New Hampshire Department of Revenue.
Taxes may be eliminated without bankruptcy through the expiration of the statute of limitations on collections (the period the IRS or state has to collect outstanding taxes); Tax possibly settlement via an Offer-In-Compromise or similar state tax settlement program; or finally, by challenging the original amount of the liability through an appeal.

Recently, he has spoken at various tax institutes on recent business and international tax law changes, including the section 199A 20 percent deduction for qualified business income and the partnership audit rule changes on the domestic side, as well as on the repatriation of accumulated foreign earnings, participation exemption, GILTI and FDII provisions, and earnings stripping rules on the international side.

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