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New Rules for Independent Contractors

On January 9, 2024, the U.S. Department of Labor issued a final rule that will change how companies classify workers as employees or independent contractors, starting on March 11. Specifically, the Department of Labor’s rule states that workers are to be considered employees rather than  when they are “economically dependent” on a company. Background This …

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Eliminating Statutory Membership

Introduction Nonprofit organizations governed by the Washington Revised Code (RCW) 24.03A, often grapple with the concept of membership as well as the members’  rights and responsibilities of members. While members play a crucial role in the governance of these organizations, there are situations where nonprofits may consider eliminating statutory membership. This blog will address why …

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Can Association Members Be Bound by Unrecorded Declarations?

Yes, is the short answer. The long answer is yes if certain facts exist within your Homeowner Association (“HOA”) or other Community Association (both of these may be generally refer to as “Association”). The longest answer is that Washington state courts are likely to bind someone to unrecorded restrictions, rights, and obligations.   Background The situations …

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Introduction to Alcohol Permit Types for Fundraising Events

Welcome to our introduction on navigating the world of alcohol at events in Washington State. Whether you’re organizing a public fundraiser, a private soirée, or just curious about the ins and outs of serving alcohol, we’ve got you covered. Let’s break down the essentials in a friendly and easy-to-understand manner.  Alcohol plays a significant role …

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Can My HOA get Tax-Exemption from the IRS?

Can an association – a homeowners’ association (“HOA”) or condominium association – receive tax-exempt status from the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”). In short, maybe. There are three avenues for an association to qualify for tax-exempt status. These different paths are referred to by the section of the Tax code that provides the tax exemption, and …

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Subleasing

During hard economic times, subleasing space can be a smart way for businesses to increase their income. By renting out unused portions of their leased space to subtenants, businesses can offset some of their rent and other expenses. Subleasing can also help businesses generate revenue without having to take on additional financial obligations, such as …

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FOREIGN OWNED BUSINESSES IN THE U.S. – EIN APPLICATION

If you’re a foreign person owning, operating, or otherwise doing business in the United States, you may be wondering if you’re eligible to obtain a Federal Employment Identification Number (FEIN) and how to do it. The good news is that foreign persons who have a business or other tax-related activities in the United States are …

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