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Date: May 23, 2013
Location: Four Seasons Hotel, Seattle, WA

This year's Excise & Property topics include:

  • Recent Developments
  • Practical Tips

8:30 - 9:00 a.m. - Registration for Optional Course
9:00 - 9:45 a.m. - Tax and Appraisal Basics Course (Optional)

9:30 - 10:00 a.m. – Registration
10:00 - 5:00 p.m. - Program
5:00 - 7:00 p.m. - Reception


Amber Carter, Government Affairs Director for Tax and Fiscal, Transportation and Workforce Training Issues, Association of Washington Business
Amber Carter is the Director of Government Affairs for Tax and Fiscal Policy for the Association of Washington Business (AWB). She joined AWB in 1989. Amber has lobbied for laws to help employers on behalf of AWB since 1995. She has represented employers on a variety of issues including workers’ compensation, ergonomics, regulatory reform, and health care. Amber worked on landmark legislation (SB 5089) to enact the streamlined sales tax agreement in Washington State and works closely with business and state regulators on implementing the new law.

Brett Durbin, Assistant Attorney General, Washington State Attorney General’s Office
Brett Durbin advises and represents the Washington State Department of Revenue in state and local tax matters. He has handled a wide range of tax issues in both administrative and judicial forums, but his practice primarily focuses on telecommunications excise taxes and property taxes. Mr. Durbin is also the primary attorney responsible for advising the Department of Revenue’s property tax division.

Damian Hunt, Manager, Special Projects Tax Group, Amazon
Damian Hunt is a Manager in Amazon’s State and Local Tax Group.  He is a member of the Special Projects Tax Group, focusing on a variety of state policy matters, audit defense, and planning. Most of his efforts are focused on Washington State matters, including B&O tax. He also helps manage the property tax function.

Tim Landolt, ASA, MBA President and CEO, Vista Valuations, LLC
Tim Landolt specializes in the valuation of complex industrial properties across the U.S. He is an accredited senior appraiser with the American Society of Appraisers, a State Certified General Real Estate Appraiser, and holds degrees in both Engineering and Finance. Mr. Landolt’s knowledge and expertise in valuing industrial facilities has been used for a variety of purposes, including buy/sell negotiations, financing, ad valorem taxation, insurance, and cost segregation analysis. Tim has given expert witness testimony and depositions in a variety of valuation cases in Oregon, Washington, Tennessee and Montana. He has appeared as an appraisal and valuation expert before the State Tax Appeals Board in Montana, the Oregon Tax Court and the Washington State Board of Tax Appeals.

Kathy Beith, Assistant Director, Property Tax Division, Washington State Department of Revenue
Kathy Beith is responsible for general supervision and control of the state’s property tax system to ensure fair and uniform administration of property tax laws in Washington’s 39 counties. She has held progressively responsible audit, appraisal, and management positions, working in almost all areas of property taxation. Kathy also has the responsibility to assess utility, transportation, and telecommunication properties; to properly determine the taxable or exempt status of nonprofit organizations; and to establish the overall assessment level in each county to equalize utility values and the state school levy.

Dave McKenzie, Regional Supervisor, Property Tax Division, Washington State Department of Revenue
Dave McKenzie is responsible for a well-trained and experienced staff that values a multitude of highly complex commercial and industrial properties throughout the state of Washington. Dave has extensive experience in ad valorem valuations and tax administration. He has held progressively responsible appraisal, audit, and management positions within the Ratio and Advisory Valuation Program. Dave has a Real Property Accreditation through the Department of Revenue and is an in-state certified IAAO instructor.

Terry McLaughlin, Cowlitz County Assessor
Terry McLaughlin has served as Cowlitz County Assessor since 2005.  He has 22 years of County experience in assessment, right-of-way appraisal and Geographic Information Systems (GIS). He served as Manager of GIS for five years prior to becoming County Assessor.

Norm Bruns, Of Counsel, Garvey Schubert Barer
Norm Bruns concentrates his practice on state and local taxation with particular emphasis on valuation disputes and other property tax matters in Washington, Oregon and Idaho. His property tax experience includes a wide variety of commercial, industrial and utility property in cases posing the full range of procedural and substantive issues. He also has extensive experience with other state and local taxes, such as income, sales/use, B&O, real estate transfer, other excise taxes and fees. Norm has received formal training in alternative dispute resolution (ADR) processes.

David Canary, Of Counsel, Garvey Schubert Barer
After leaving the Tax Section of the Oregon Attorney General's Office where he represented the Oregon Department of Revenue in state income and property tax litigation cases, for the past 20 years Dave Canary has focused his practice primarily upon state income taxation and ad valorem taxation of commercial and industrial properties as well as multistate utilities and transportation companies. Dave has tried the two largest tax cases in Oregon's history and has represented taxpayers in Oregon, Washington, Idaho, California and Tennessee. He has to his credit a $5.7-million jury verdict in a breach of contract case.

Michelle DeLappe, Associate, Garvey Schubert Barer
Michelle DeLappe focuses her practice in the area of state and local tax, with an emphasis on property tax appeals and excise tax matters in Washington. She received her LL.M. in taxation from University of Washington School of Law. Michelle has represented clients in resolving disputes with the Internal Revenue Service through the Federal Tax Clinic at the University of Washington School of Law. She also served as a judicial extern to Judge Robert S. Lasnik of the U.S. District Court, Western District of Washington.

Cynthia Fraser, Owner, Garvey Schubert Barer
Cynthia Fraser focuses her practice in the area of real estate and property tax litigation. She represents individuals, governments and corporate clients in a broad range of litigation using dispute resolution where appropriate. Cynthia has been recognized by her peers in Best Lawyers in America in Alternative Dispute Resolution 2008-2012, selected as a Super Lawyer in 2011 in Eminent Domain and has received an AV/5 point peer rating by Martindale Hubble.

This seminar is invitation only, if you would like to be added to the guest list for future educational seminars like this one please contact Courtney Dann.

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