What the Supreme Court’s Cougar Den Decision Means
The Cougar Den was facing a bill of $3.6 million.
In a recent court case, Washington State Department of Licensing v. Cougar Den, Inc., the Washington Department of Licensing desired to assign Cougar Den $3.6 million in unpaid taxes, penalties and licensing fees. This amount came about due to a state statute which requires taxing persons who import motor fuel into the state using ground transportation. The Washington Supreme Court struck down the statute, as applied to Cougar Den. This white paper reviews this case and what lessons were learned from the Supreme Court’s decision.
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