Category: Business

Plans for Recovery and How to Return to Work

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As the COVID-19 curve appears to be flatting somewhat, people are starting to think about and plan for coronavirus recovery and how to return to work.  The basic outlines of plans are starting to take shape.  As we hear details, we will post them here. FEDERAL The White House published a three-phased Opening Up America…

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COVID-19 and Force Majeure Clauses in Commercial Leases

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April 6, 2020 By: Natalya Belonozhko Coronavirus (COVID-19) and governments’ orders to close non-essential businesses in Oregon and Washington have impacted businesses’ ability to operate in their leased spaces and pay rent under their commercial leases. Force Majeure Clause Most commercial leases include a force majeure clause. A force majeure clause provides for the parties’…

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Federal, Oregon, & Washington COVID-19 Resources

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In addition to the CARES Act, the Family Medical Leave Act, unemployment, and tax guidance we have collected the following additional nationwide business resources: What federal government agencies are doing in response to COVID-19 CDC Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers and environmental cleaning guidance Online health self-assessment, Providence – telemedicine visit.   Washington COVID-19…

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COVID-19 Small Business Response Steps

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COVID-19 Small Business Response Steps Post FFCRA (Families First Coronavirus Response Act) poster no later than 4/1/2020 (or as soon as you can). Assemble tax documents, income records, lost income records (canceled appointments, projections for seasonal businesses, etc.). Also include big fixed costs and accounts receivable that will go unpaid and the list of items…

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Washington Businesses May be Subject to Oregon’s New Corporate Activity Tax (CAT)

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Updated March 27, 2020 COVID-19 Update: The Oregon Department of Revenue reminds businesses that they are required to register for the Corporate Activity Tax (CAT) within 30 days of passing $750,000 in Oregon commercial activity for the year. Businesses that passed the threshold in late February will need to register with the department by the…

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Commercial Landlords (& Online Retail Platforms) – Might Be Liable for Tenant’s Counterfeit Goods

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By:  Maren Calvert In March 2019, a jury in New York awarded Omega $1.1 million in its lawsuit against a landlord because of the landlord’s “willful blindness” to its tenant’s penchant for selling fake watches. This wasn’t a surprise to the landlord. New York City police had raided the property multiple times for counterfeit activity…

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Changes are coming, get ready for graduated Real Estate Excise Tax

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Happy New Year to all from HLG!  As we start into a new year and new decade, we want to advise you as to an increase in real estate excise tax (REET) paid upon closing real estate transactions. For larger transactions this increase is substantial. Clark County Treasurer, Alisha Topper, has provided us the following…

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