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Terms of Service

Terms Of Service & Use of Site


(Last updated January 3, 2010)

This Terms of Service & Use of Site Agreement (the "Agreement") is a contract between Pacific Northwest Tax Service, Inc. (PNWTS), an Oregon corporation and you. By accessing and using PNWTS's web site, pnwtax.com (the "Site") or by engaging in business with PNWTS, you agree to be bound by the terms and conditions of this Agreement and all applicable laws and regulations. Do not use this Site if you do not agree to all the terms and conditions contained herein.

License

PNWTS grants you a personal, revocable, non-transferable, and non-exclusive license for use of this Site for personal, non-commercial, or educational purposes only. You may access the Site and print individual pages for the following limited purposes:

  • To access Tax Organizers and other information relevant to preparation of your tax return.
  • To gather and organize information and documentation you need to provide to PNWTS so we can provide accounting, bookkeeping, payroll or consulting services to you. 
  • To research PNWTS products and services to determine if you would like to bring your business to us.
  • To learn about PNWTS and our personnel.

You may not use the site for any other purpose.

Intellectual Property

All logos, text, video clips, HTML, images, photos, icons, designs, and other content contained in the Site are copyright or trademark protected and owned by PNWTS, its shareholders, affiliates, or third party service providers that have granted PNWTS permission to use the content (collectively "content"). Your use of content contained on this site does not create or convey any license or other rights in this content to you. Any unauthorized use of this content is strictly prohibited. Your unauthorized use of this content by copying, redistribution, reproduction, or modification may be a violation of federal, common law, copyright or trademark law and could subject you to legal action.

Links to Third Party Web Sites

PNWTS may allow third parties to link their web sites to its Site. These links are provided for your convenience only. PNWTS does not control third party web sites. PNWTS does not approve any services or products contained on third party web sites. The third party web sites may contain opinions and viewpoints that are different from the opinions and viewpoints shared by the officers, directors, and employees of PNWTS. The third party web sites may also have privacy policies that are different than PNWTS's privacy policy. As such, PNWTS does not endorse or approve third party web sites that are linked to its Site, and is not responsible for the content contained in those web sites.

Disclaimer of Warranties

All content contained in this site is provided "as is".  No warranty is expressed or implied as to the accuracy of information contained in this site. PNWTS does not represent or warrant that you will achieve successful results from following any instructions or advice containted in this site.

Terms of Engagement for Tax Preparation Services

This information is provided to confirm and specify the terms of our engagement with you and to clarify the nature and extent of the services we will provide. In order to ensure an understanding of our mutual responsibilities, we ask all clients for whom returns are prepared to confirm the following arrangements.

We will prepare your federal and requested state income tax returns from information which you will furnish to us. We will make no audit or otherwise verify the data you submit, although it may be necessary to ask you for clarification of some of the information. We will furnish you with questionnaires and/or worksheets to guide you in gathering the necessary information. Your use of such forms will assist us in keeping our fee to a minimum. Our responsibilities do not include preparation of any other tax returns that may be due to any taxing authority.

This engagement pertains only to the tax year 2009 unless otherwise specifically stated and agreed upon in writing by both you and PNWTS. Our engagement will be complete upon the delivery of the completed tax return to you. Unless you agree to have PNWTS electronically file your tax return(s), it will be your responsibility to file the return(s) with the taxing authorities. In the event information is requested by either of the parties signing this return, that information will be furnished without obtaining the additional consent of the other party.

The law provides various penalties that may be imposed when taxpayers underestimate their tax liability. If you would like information on the amount or circumstances of these penalties, please contact PNWTS and ask to speak with one of our licensed tax professionals.

It is your responsibility to provide all the information required for the preparation of complete and accurate returns. You should retain all the documents, canceled checks and other data that form the basis of income and deductions. These may be necessary to prove the accuracy and completeness of the returns to a taxing authority. You have the final responsibility for the income tax returns and, therefore, you should review them carefully before you sign them.

Our work in connection with the preparation of your income tax returns does not include any procedures designed to discover defalcations or other irregularities, should any exist. We will render such accounting and bookkeeping assistance as determined to be necessary for preparation of the income tax returns.

We will use professional judgment in resolving questions where the tax law is unclear, or where there may be conflicts between the taxing authorities’ interpretations of the law and other supportable positions. Unless otherwise instructed by you, we will resolve such questions in your favor whenever possible.

Your returns may be selected for review by the taxing authorities. Any proposed adjustments by the examining agent are subject to certain rights of appeal. In the event of such government tax examination, we will be available upon request to represent you and will render additional invoices for the time and expenses incurred.

Our fee for these services will be based upon the amount of time required at our standard billing rates, plus out-of-pocket expenses. All invoices are due and payable upon presentation.

If there are other tax returns you expect us to prepare, such as gift and/or property, please inform your PNWTS Licensed Tax Preparer, Licensed Tax Consultant or CPA.

Limitation of Liability

PNWTS liability to you for all claims, damages, losses and injuries of every kind including those by contract, negiligence, tort or otherwise, shall be limited to no more than the amount you pay PNTWS.  In addition, PNWTS liability for all claims shall be limited to actual tax return preparation and accounting services provided to you by the company. In the event PNWTS makes an error in preparing your tax returns, you are solely reponsible for the tax deficiency you owe under the law however, Pacific Northwest Tax Service agrees to pay IRS penalties and interest that may be assessed upon you by the IRS if it can reasonably be demonstrated the penalties and interest are assessed due to the negligence of PNWTS and not because you either willingly or accidentally failed to provide PNTWS with all information necessary to accurately prepare your tax returns.

Governing Law

This Agreement shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the State of Oregon, without reference to conflicts of law provisions. The parties agree that any dispute arising out of or relating to this Agreement or any services provided in connection therewith, shall be in the state and federal courts located in Washington County, Oregon.

Entire Agreement

This Agreement is the entire and exclusive agreement between the parties and sets forth the entire understanding of the parties as to the subject matter of this Agreement. This Agreement supersedes all prior discussions and understandings, whether written or oral, between the parties with respect to this subject matter. No representations or statements made by PNWTS or its affiliates that are not included in this Agreement shall be binding on PNWTS or its affiliates.

Modifications

PNWTS may, in its sole discretion, modify the terms and conditions of this Agreement at any time without notice to you. Your use of this Site after any modifications to the Agreement have been made is your agreement to be bound by the modified terms. You should review the Agreement each time you access this Site to assess whether any modifications have been made to it. If you do not agree with the terms and conditions of the Agreement then in-force, you must immediately stop using the Site.

The effective date, set forth below, indicates the last time a material modification was made to the Agreement. By checking the effective date you can easily determine whether there have been any material modifications since the last time you accessed the Site.

The Agreement is effective as of the date: January 3, 2010.

Severability

If any provision of this Agreement is held unenforceable by a court of competent jurisdiction, then that provision shall be severed and shall not affect the validity or enforceability of the remaining provisions.

Successors and Assigns

This Agreement shall inure to the benefit of PNWTS, and its successors, assigns, and affiliates. PNWTS may assign its benefits and duties under this Agreement to any party at any time without notice to you.

References

Any reference in this Agreement to PNWTS shall include, PNWTS, its successors, assigns, and affiliates, unless the context would not otherwise permit.

Waiver of Breach

The waiver by PNWTS of a breach of any provision of this Agreement by you shall not operate or be construed as a waiver of any other or subsequent breach by you.

Headings

The Section headings contained herein are included solely for convenience, are not intended to be full or accurate descriptions of the contents thereof, and shall not be considered part of this Agreement or have any legal or interpretive effect.