Corporate Business Tax Issues

Small Business Tax Law Attorney

Tax Dispute Representation and Tax Planning Counsel

Boelter & Associates represents closely-held corporations, family-owned businesses, professional practices and other small businesses in audits, appeals and tax litigation. We also provide astute planning to minimize taxation and avoid state or IRS tax audits.

  • Corporate Income Tax
  • State Sales Tax
  • Employment Tax
  • Business and Occupation Tax
  • Labor and Industry Tax

Our firm serves businesses in the greater Seattle area and across Washington state. If the IRS or Washington Department of Revenue is probing your business, you are represented by a former IRS lawyer with over 35 years of tax law experience. Call today at (206) 587-0000.

Business Tax Audits and Tax Litigation

Attorney Arthur H. Boelter can capably address all tax controversies relating to:

  • Washington sales and use tax
  • Federal or state income tax
  • Employee withholding taxes
  • Personal liability of corporate officers
  • Constructive dividends (business deductions benefiting the individual)

Business tax audits are commonly initiated in conjunction with individual audits of business owners or corporate officers. Employment taxes in particular are a sacred cow of the IRS. We challenge any attempt by the IRS to hold responsible persons personally liable — through the trust fund recovery penalty — for failure to collect or pay quarterly employee withholding tax.

Closely held business entities (LLC, S corporation, partnerships) are frequently targeted for audits, particularly cash businesses. The IRS or state Department of Revenue scrutinizes accounting methods and compares currency transaction reports (CTR) from financial institutions with information given on corporate tax returns. We thoroughly prepare clients for the audit process and aggressively counter conclusions of extra tax owed or assertions of intentional misconduct. We pursue remedies for adverse audit rulings through IRS appeals or Tax Court litigation, and Arthur H. Boelter also represents owners or officers in tax fraud prosecutions.

Business Tax Planning

Boelter & Associates provides proactive counsel to small businesses to avoid "red flag" practices and to take advantage of legitimate tax avoidance strategies. Arthur H. Boelter advises on the tax advantages and ramifications of:

  • Rabbi trusts
  • Employee stock ownership plans (ESOP), §412(i) retirement plans
  • Mergers, acquisitions or transfer of ownership interest
  • Commercial property transactions and 1031 exchanges
  • Family business incorporation and succession planning

Arthur Boelter previously worked for the IRS, and turns those insights to his clients' advantage. Contact us today at (206) 587-0000 to discuss your company's taxation or your personal liability exposure.