Tara Vitale

Do you have to serve customers without a face covering?

On June 24, 2020, Dr. John Wiesman, the Washington Secretary of Health, issued the statewide Order of the Secretary of Health 20-03 “Face Coverings – Statewide”  (the “Face Cover Order”) whereby: “Every person in Washington State must wear a face covering that covers their nose and mouth when in any indoor or outdoor public setting, …

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King County Phase 1.5 and Reopening Your Business

As of June 5th, King County is progressing into a modified Phase 1 or “Phase 1.5” and businesses are starting to think about their individual reopening plans. With reopening your business there are many concerns – When can I reopen? How do I reopen? and What policies do I need in place? While each business’s …

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Approaching IRS’s Deadline for Paper 1023 Applications

As of January 31, 2020, the Internal Revenue Service (the “IRS”) revised the 1023 application for 501(c)3 tax-exempt status submission process to be online instead of by paper. The IRS granted a 90-day grace period for nonprofits to submit their paper applications. The deadline for the IRS to accept paper 1023 applications is April 30, …

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Force Majeure Clauses During CoVid-19

Recently many businesses have been concerned with how to deal with CoVID-19. Concerns range from how to navigate complying with mandatory quarantines and other state and federal regulations, as well as how to deal with CoVid-19’s impact on standing contracts. While industries are impacted differently, some businesses are concerned about whether they will be required …

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CCPA Considerations when Buying or Selling a Business

When local businesses are bought and sold, sellers and buyers often do not consider data compliance to be a major concern. At most the business has a small website and the business model isn’t focused around data collection. But actions like collecting names and emails, linking with Google analytics, or IP addresses may trigger California …

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Applying for 501(c)(3) Tax-Exempt Status Goes Entirely Online

Through 2019, the IRS revealed that it was working to bring as much tax-exempt organization submissions to the IRS online to use electronic data to protect against fraud and other misuse, and to streamline the 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status process.  In late 2019, the average time for a paper 1023 application (not the 1023-EZ, which is …

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Updates to the 1023

In December 2017, the IRS released the new 1023 Application for Recognition of Exemption (often referred to as the “1023”): the form by which nonprofits can apply for 501(c)3 tax-exempt status. The new 1023 application is substantially similar to the old December 2013 version, but there are still changes worth paying attention to—the update is …

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Trademark Policing: Your Trademark May Be At Risk

You’ve built your company and business around your name and logo. Your brand has a great reputation and you’ve decided to protect it by applying for a trademark. After investing financially in legal costs and a filing fee, you have received a valuable asset: your trademark registration. However, once you have received your trademark registration, …

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501(c)(3) Political Campaigns and President Trump’s Executive Order

On May 4, 2017, President Trump signed the Presidential Executive Order Promoting Free Speech and Religious Liberty. He intended to target the Johnson Amendment and its regulations on tax-exempt organizations and its prohibition on participating in political campaigns. Trump referred to the Executive Order as “giving the churches their voices back.” However, the Executive Order’s …

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