I am Erin Louis, a CPA living and working in Seattle, Washington. I am passionate about queer rights and strive to use my skills and knowledge to help my community. I have a small CPA firm, Advocate Accounting, LLC where I specialize in tax preparation for Registered Domestic Partners in community property states (WA, NV and CA). I also specialize in non-profit consulting and accounting. As a firm we specialize in working with individuals and small businesses located in WA, CA, OR, HI, ID and MT. We provide a range of services including payroll, bookkeeping, taxes, and consulting.
I often use my free time to volunteer for local non-profits. I am currently the Board Treasurer for Stonewall Youth, an organization providing community support services for queer youth up to the age of twenty-one. In the past I have worked with Capital City Pride, Budd Bay Rugby, and various political campaigns. I am also the accounting and operations manager at Fuse Washington.
When I am not working or volunteering, I often find myself researching and reading about the issues that concern me as a lesbian, and ultimately the issues that concern many in my community, however they identify. I’m starting this blog, in a way, to have a place for all that I am involved in to come together. I will be posting entries regarding tax issues and strategies, personal financial tools and tips, updates on current legislation and law suits involving LGBT rights and various other subjects.
While the topics I discuss may at times involve legal and financial ideas, this blog is meant for informational and discussion purposes only. Examples I use in this blog may differ from a reader’s individual situation. All readers should consult a tax professional before taking action on any ideas found on this site.
CIRCULAR 230 DISCLOSURE: To ensure compliance with recently-enacted U.S. Treasury Department Regulations, I am now required to advise you that, unless otherwise expressly indicated, any federal tax advice contained in these communications, is not intended or written to be used, and cannot be used, by anyone for the purpose of avoiding federal tax penalties that may be imposed by the federal government or for promoting, marketing or recommending to another party any tax-related matters addressed herein.