New Deduction for Pass-Through Entities May Reduce Taxable Income in 2018 and Beyond

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act changes much of our nation’s tax law. One of the most discussed changes is the new flat corporate tax rate of 21%, which is a permanent change in the new law. To take advantage of this new rate, many businesses may consider converting from a pass-through entity to a corporation. However, the new law … Continue reading »

New Law Requires Washington Employers to Provide Additional Accommodations to Pregnant Employees

Washington recently enacted the Healthy Starts Act, a law that provides additional workplace rights and protections for pregnant employees.  The law requires any employer with 15 or more employees to provide certain accommodations to its pregnant employees, regardless of whether the employee has a disability as a result of her pregnancy. Under the law, there are four types of workplace … Continue reading »


City of Seattle Imposes New Short-Term Rental Limits

On December 11, 2017, the Seattle City Council voted 7-0 to enact new regulations for short-term rentals.  The new regulations will take effect on January 1, 2019, and will require all operators of short-term rentals (including those offered on sites such as Airbnb and HomeAway) to obtain licenses and will limit new operators to listing their primary residence and one … Continue reading »


The Importance of Having a Will

This article is a collaboration between Evan Monez, attorney at Montgomery Purdue Blankinship & Austin PLLC, and Geoff Curran, Wealth Advisor at Merriman. Though we try to stave off the inevitable as long as we can, it’s a fact of life that eventually, everyone dies. When this occurs, the deceased person’s family, while still grieving their loss, must deal with … Continue reading »


Comparing the Tax Reform Plans in the House and the Senate

On November 16, 2017, the House of Representatives passed the “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act” (H.R. 1) (the “House Bill”) with a 227–205 vote. The Senate’s version of the “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act” (the “Senate Bill”) has not been voted on by the full Senate, although the Senate Finance Committee passed it with a 14–12 vote. The House and … Continue reading »

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