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Garry G. Fujita

Garry Fujita is a state and local tax lawyer who primarily practices in Washington. He counsels clients in litigation against state and local government taxing agencies, in audits with such agencies, and in tax planning to minimize state and local tax burdens. Garry assists clients in a wide variety of industries and trades, such as newspapers, publishing, oil, waste disposal, retail, wholesale, manufacturing, telecommunications, financial services, health care, high technology, construction, real estate development, aircraft, staffing, leasing, remote selling and fishing.

Practice Highlights
  • Works with clients to resolve tax disputes with state and local tax authorities to contest proposed tax assessments or to obtain refunds
  • Litigates matters before the Washington courts, the Board of Tax Appeals, the Board of Equalization and state and city administrative law judges
  • Assists clients with business structures to avoid unintended consequences resulting in unnecessary or multiple taxation for business and occupation, sales, use or real estate excise tax purposes
  • Assists nonprofit organizations in obtaining and maintaining property tax exemptions
  • Testifies before the Washington Legislature on matters involving state and local tax matters

Additional Qualifications

  • Assistant Director, Interpretation and Appeals Division, Washington State Department of Revenue

Professional & Community Activities

  • Association of Washington Business Legal Affairs Committee
  • Member (various study groups and task forces), Association of Washington Business Tax and Fiscal Policy Council
  • Tax Section and State and Local Tax Committee, American Bar Association (Past Editor-in-Chief, State and Local Tax Lawyer)
  • Past President, Tax Law Section; Past Chair, Excise Tax Committee; Past Chair, State and Local Tax Committee – Washington State Bar Association

Professional Recognition

  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Rating
  • Selected to "Washington Super Lawyers," Thomson Reuters, 2001-2006
  • Heavy Lifter Award, Association of Washington Business, 2001
  • Named one of the "Best Lawyers in America" in Tax Law by Best Lawyers, 2010-present