Troy Van Dongen

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Troy Van Dongen focuses his practice on the resolution of state and local tax (SALT) controversies through negotiation and litigation. He advises clients across the country in a variety of state and local tax matters, including income, franchise, sales, and use taxes, and he has a particularly strong background in property taxation. Read Troy Van Dongen's full bio.

Seattle Payroll Expense Tax Upheld by State Appellate Court


By on Jul 26, 2022
Posted In Employee Benefits, Employment, Executive Compensation, Labor

Last month, the Washington Court of Appeals affirmed a lower court’s decision to dismiss a challenge to the recently enacted payroll expense tax in Seattle, WA. Seattle Metro. Chamber of Commerce v. City of Seattle, No. 82830-4-I, 2022 WL 2206828 (Wash. Ct. App. June 21, 2022). The tax, which went into effect on January 1, 2021,...

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Washington State’s Mandatory Withholding for Long-Term Care On Hold


By on Feb 22, 2022
Posted In Employee Benefits, Employment

In 2019, the Washington State Legislature established the Long-Term Services and Supports Trust Program (LTSS Trust Program) to provide funding for eligible beneficiaries that they can apply to the cost of their long-term care. The program is funded through a 0.58% payroll tax on employee wages and went into effect on January 1, 2022. However,...

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COVID-19 Vaccine Q&A


By , , and on Jul 7, 2021
Posted In Employee Benefits, Employment, Health and Welfare Plans

Can employers mandate some employees get the vaccine and not others? Is there an obligation to consider requiring a COVID-19 test before coming back to work? What are the potential workers’ compensation claims relating to possible adverse reactions to a vaccine? Should employers mandate vaccinations? In this article, McDermott partners Carole Spink, Joseph Mulherin, Kathleen...

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