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Are You Paying Business Taxes?

Just like individuals, businesses must pay taxes based on the company’s profits, capital gains, investments, property owned, and labor-related taxes. If you are a business owner, you should meet with a Washington business tax attorney to ensure you are correctly assessing and paying the taxes you are required to pay.

Business Type Determines Which Taxes Must Be Paid

The business taxes you may be obligated to pay are determined by the type of business you operate. Here are the most common kinds of business taxes: income tax, employment tax, excise tax, and self-employment tax. Requirements vary depending on whether your business is small or large, experienced losses, is incorporate or a sole proprietorship or an S corp. Tax law is complicated, and to make a mistake can be costly, so make sure you get the legal and accounting advice you need.

How an Attorney Can Help

An attorney can often resolve your particular legal issue faster and better than trying to do it alone. A lawyer can help you navigate the legal system, while avoiding costly mistakes or procedural errors. You should seek out an attorney whose practice focuses on the area of law most relevant to your issue.

The Importance of a Good Consultation

The goal of an initial consultation is to find an attorney you are comfortable working with and someone who can help you understand your options under the law. Seek to understand the relevant legal experience the attorney brings to your case. While it is not realistic to expect an attorney to resolve your legal issue during an initial consultation, you should gain a level of comfort with his/her ability to do so. A good consultation can clarify issues, raise pertinent questions and considerations for your case, and help you make an informed decision towards resolving your legal issue.

How will an attorney charge me?

A reputable attorney will be very upfront about how he/she will charge you. The three most common fee structures that attorneys use to charge for their services are:

  • Bill by the hour
  • Contingent fee agreement
  • Flat fee agreement

Depending on your specific legal situation, it’s possible that only one type of fee structure is available. For instance, criminal defense attorneys almost always bill by the hour. In a flat fee arrangement, an attorney accepts a one-time payment to help you resolve your issue. With a contingent fee agreement, the client pays little to nothing upfront and the attorney receives a percentage of the money recovered if you win your case.

Common legal terms explained

Plaintiff – a person or party who brings a lawsuit against another person(s) or party/parties in a court of law. Private persons or parties can only file suit in civil court.

Judgment – A decision of the court. Also known as a decree or order. Judgments handed down by the court are usually binding on the parties before the court.

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