May I request a speaker for my meeting or event?
Yes. Providing public speakers is an integral part of the Department of Revenue’s information and education program. The Department has speakers that are knowledgeable on a variety of tax issues.
This free public service is available to civic, educational, professional, social, and business organizations in Washington.
Please note: We are generally only able to provide a speaker when the organization is not intending to make a profit on our public service.
Speakers from the Department are eager to meet with your organization to discuss tax laws that affect your membership.
How do I reserve a speaker?
Complete the online Speech Request form. We appreciate receiving the Speech Request Form six to eight weeks prior to the date of your meeting. Please provide as much detail as you can on your topic of interest. We will contact you regarding specific arrangements.
Please note: While we attempt to accommodate every request, there may be occasions when we are unable to provide a speaker.
Listed below are some of the topics that speakers are prepared to speak about. If your group is interested in a topic not included on the list, we will make every effort to provide you with a speaker on that subject.
The Legislative Role
- How a tax bill becomes law
- Revenue for vital public services
- Lobbying for change in the tax laws
Resolving Tax Liability Disputes
- The audit/assessment process
- The review and appeal process
- Taxpayer Rights Advocate process
- New legislation
- Our tax system: How did we get here?
- Where your tax dollars come from and where they go
- The Department's rule making process
- What's taxed, what's not
- The valuation process
- Levy setting and limits
- Local tax options
- Senior citizen property tax exemptions and deferrals
- Incentives for preserving "open spaces"
- How to acquire unclaimed property
- The unclaimed property reporting process
- Tax deferrals and credits for businesses
- Services the Department can provide
Contact the Speakers Bureau coordinator at (360) 705-6601 or complete the Speech Request form.