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May I request a speaker for my meeting or event?

Yes. Washington State Department of Revenue 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.

Speakers from the Department are eager to meet with your organization to discuss tax laws that affect your membership. They are available to speak on issues of local, regional, and statewide concern.

How do I reserve a speaker?

Complete the online Speech Request form.  A representative from our office will contact you regarding specific arrangements. We appreciate receiving the Speech Request Form six to eight weeks prior to the date of your meeting. To make sure we select a speaker who will meet your needs, please provide as much detail as you can on your topic of interest.

Please note: While we attempt to accommodate every request, there may be occasions when we are unable to provide a speaker.

Topics

Listed below are some of the topics that speakers are prepared to speak about. If your group is interested in a special topic not included on the list, we will make every effort to provide you with a speaker on that subject. Please write your topic of interest on the Speech Request Form below.

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 appeal process
  • Taxpayer Rights Advocate process

Taxes for Specific Industries

  • Associations
  • Attorneys
  • CPAs

Tax Policy

  • New legislation
  • Washington compared to other states
  • Our tax system: How did we get here?
  • Where your tax dollars come from and where they go
  • The Department's rule making process

Property Taxes

  • 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"

General Topics

  • How to acquire unclaimed property
  • The unclaimed property reporting process
  • Tax deferrals and credits for businesses
  • Services the Department can provide

 

 


More information


Contact the Speakers Bureau coordinator at (360) 705-6601 or complete the Speech Request form.