Avalara helps make sales tax compliance simple and automatic for businesses of all sizes. The leading cloud-based software platform provider delivers a broad and growing array of compliance solutions related to sales tax and other transaction taxes, such a value-added tax. Avalara’s end-to-end suite of solutions automatically determines taxability, identifies applicable tax rates, accurately calculates taxes, prepares and files returns, remits taxes, maintains tax records, and manages tax exemption certificates.
The Multistate Tax Commission (MTC) is an intergovernmental state tax agency whose mission is to achieve fairness by promoting compliance and consistent tax policy and practice and to preserve the sovereignty of state and local governments over their tax systems. The MTC’s vision is to be recognized as the “gold standard” for tax policy development, the primary authority for the public and public officials on issues of state and local tax uniformity and fairness, and the leading resource for ensuring equitable tax compliance. The MTC is celebrating its fiftieth anniversary this year.
Since its founding in 1966, GSB has provided results-oriented legal counsel to help clients – from established market leaders to newly launched enterprises – solve problems, create new opportunities and mitigate risk. The firm takes a holistic approach to managing clients’ needs, with attorneys that are deep in industry experience as well as broad in current and emerging issues. GSB has offices in Seattle, Portland, Washington, D.C., New York, and Beijing. More information is available on the web at www.gsblaw.com.
Green Hasson Janks is focused on helping forward-thinking, entrepreneurial organizations by providing audit, accounting, tax and consulting services, as well as specialty services, such as royalty and contract audit, movie and television participation audit, litigation support and forensic accounting. The majority of our clients are closely-held, privately owned businesses and nonprofit organizations. We serve a variety of industries with a specialized focus on entertainment and media, nonprofit and food and beverage companies, including focused teams dedicated to new media, technology and health and wellness clients.
Mckenna Krueger is a Senior Tax Research Analyst in the Content Department at Avalara Inc. She is responsible for researching and analyzing indirect tax law changes and their implications throughout the United States and Canada. She is experienced in sales tax compliance, and regularly consults with state and local taxing jurisdictions to resolve indirect tax matters. She earned her Juris Doctorate (JD) from Willamette University College of Law, and holds a B.A. in both Business Administration and Economics from the University of Puget Sound. She is admitted to the Washington State bar.
Richard Cram is the Director of the Multistate Tax Commission’s National Nexus Program in Washington, D.C. The National Nexus Program provides a Multistate Voluntary Disclosure Program that 38 states, including the District of Columbia, participate in. Prior to his current position, Richard served for 15 years as the Director of Policy & Research in the Kansas Department of Revenue, and for 2 years as an attorney in the Legal Services Bureau of the Department, in Topeka, Kansas. He has worked as a research attorney for the Kansas Supreme Court, and practiced law as an associate in law firms in Chicago, Illinois and Goodland, Kansas. Richard graduated from the University of Kansas School of Law. He currently resides in Alexandria, Virginia.
Michelle DeLappe is an owner in the Seattle office of the Garvey Schubert Barer law firm. She represents companies in a variety of state and local tax matters in the Pacific Northwest. She earned her J.D. with honors and her LL.M. in taxation at the University of Washington School of Law. She is admitted to the bars of Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Alaska, Montana, and the U.S. Supreme Court. A regular columnist for State Tax Notes, she also co-authors the state taxation chapter of the Washington Lawyers Practice Manual and the Washington and Alaska chapters of the American Bar Association Property Tax Deskbook. She is a former chair of the Washington State Bar Association State and Local Tax Committee and now serves on the American Bar Association’s State and Local Tax Committee.
Frances Ellington is a Senior Tax Manager in the State and Local Tax Practice at Green Hasson Janks. She focuses on multistate income and franchise tax and indirect tax. Frances assists her clients on state and local tax issues related to tax audit controversy, nexus and reporting requirements, and various state tax planning initiatives. She has 8+ years of state and local tax experience with Big Four and multinational corporations in Los Angeles, CA and Charlotte, NC. She is a licensed CPA in California and North Carolina. Frances is a graduate of UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School (BSBA and MAC), and a doctoral candidate at Grenoble École de Management with a focus on state and local corporate taxation. She is currently a Lecturer of taxation at UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School.