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AGO News Releases with Topic: Taxes

IRS imposter scam also making the rounds in Washington

OLYMPIA — To coincide with ‘Tax Identity Theft Awareness Week’ (January 26-30), the Washington State Attorney General’s Office and the AARP Fraud Watch Network are launching an education effort to help people protect themselves from tax scams.


SEATTLE—Today the Washington Supreme Court ruled unanimously for the State in two important pension cases.
A fast-moving phone scam called the largest of its kind is targeting taxpayers across the country. Victims have reported threats of license suspension, arrest and deportation.
The Attorney General’s Office (AGO) filed theft and fraud charges today in Snohomish County Superior Court against the owners of Andrews Auto Glass Inc., which has locations in Everett and Seattle, accusing owners of $13,000 in sales tax theft.

Courtesy of the Department of Revenue 

Nov. 21, 2013   The owner of a King County landscaping business pleaded guilty to stealing $112,572 in sales tax she collected from customers from 2006 through 2011.

OLYMPIA – Oct. 15, 2013 – A Seattle man pled guilty Monday  to stealing more than $30,000 in sales tax from August 2010 to October 2011.
BELLINGHAM, WA – March 14, 2013 – The operator of the now-closed Bayside Café in Bellingham has been charged with the theft of at least $286,000 in sales tax he collected from customers but failed to remit to the Washington State Department of Revenue.
EVERETT – March 6, 2013 – A Bothell contractor was charged today with stealing nearly $23,000 in sales tax between 2004 and 2010 and covering up the theft by filing fraudulent tax returns.
SPOKANE – Feb. 25, 2013 – The operator of now-closed Alpine Auto Wholesale in Spokane pled guilty today to felony theft of sales tax and filing false state tax returns.
The corporation that operated El Mestizo Restaurant on First Hill was charged today with filing a false or fraudulent state tax return after failing to report sales tax it collected from customers but failed to remit to the state.

The Washington State Supreme Court today upheld King County Superior Judge Mary Roberts’ June 13 ruling that Initiative 747 is unconstitutional.   Attorney General Rob McKenna, whose office defends initiatives and other state laws when challenged, said he was concerned by the ruling because of its chilling effect on the people’s right to initiative.

OLYMPIA – Attorney General Rob McKenna today made the following statement on the state’s oral arguments regarding the constitutionality of Initiative 747, now before the Washington Supreme Court. “The judges asked very good questions and we’re encouraged that they will uphold the will of Washington voters who approved property tax relief through Initiative 747,” McKenna said. “We must preserve the right of the people to use the power of initiative in establishing law without being unfairly hampered by inappropriate, hyper- technical arguments.”

OLYMPIA - Attorney General Rob McKenna today announced plans to appeal King County Superior Judge Mary Roberts’ June 13 ruling that Initiative 747 is unconstitutional.
“This was a tragic accident that shattered Paula Joyce’s family. Everyone involved in this case feels enormous sympathy for the Joyce family and we’re all relieved that finally, eight years after the accident, we’ve reached an agreement that will bring resolution to the litigation.
SEATTLE – The state of Washington has negotiated a new lease that will save taxpayers $12.6 million and move the Attorney General’s Seattle office to a new downtown location.
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