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Oct. 6: Tax expert to speak on Washington state tax system

By Sue McMurray, Carson College of Business

Cara-Griffith-webPULLMAN, Wash. – Washington state tax topics – including tax administration and the business and occupation tax – will be discussed by the editor in chief of global nonprofit Tax Analysts 4:30-6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 6, in CUE 203 at Washington State University.

In “The Good, The Bad and the Downright Ugly: An Outsider’s Look at Washington State’s Tax System,” Cara Griffith will discuss the state’s tax system, the business and occupation tax, tax administration and transparency issues, and current events including education funding, marijuana and retroactive taxation.

Gil Brewer, senior assistant director of tax policy for the Washington State Department of Revenue, will participate in the forum to address Griffith’s concerns that DOR policies are not as transparent as they should be. A question/answer opportunity for students will follow.

Griffith provides strategic oversight for daily and weekly publications at Tax Analysts ( She has written for a broad range of tax policy publications, including “The Tax Adviser,” “The Hedge Fund Law Report” and “The Hill.”

Her presentation is hosted by the WSU Howard D. and B. Phyllis Hoops Institute of Taxation Research and Policy (


Additional articles by Cara Griffith:

“Washington State falls short on transparency,” State Tax Notes, June 18, 2012.

“Transparency concerns linger in Washington State,” The Tax Analysts Blog, December 3, 2014.



Jeff Gramlich, WSU Hoops Institute of Taxation Research and Policy,  509-335-5358,

Sue McMurray, WSU Carson College of Business communications, 509-335-7578,



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