During the 2016 legislative session, lawmakers passed HB 2959, establishing a task force to evaluate options to continue local business tax and licensing simplification. With approximately 225 cities issuing local business licenses and 43 cities imposing a B&O tax, the task force’s recommendations have the potential to impact nearly every city in the state.
Task force on local business tax & licensing simplification fact sheet
On December 30, 2016, the task force released its final report on local tax and licensing simplification.
The task force did not recommend that all cities with a business license be required to participate in the state’s Business Licensing Service nor did it recommend any centralized collection of city B&O tax at the state level. However, some of the items recommended represent a significant compromise on the part of cities. The four recommendations are:
The full report is available here.
Friday May 27, 2016
Thursday June 30, 2016
Tuesday July 19, 2016
FileLocal A city created online portal where businesses can get local licenses and pay local B&O taxes all in one place. Demonstrations and training available here.
Washington State Business Licensing Service (BLS) Upgraded in June 2016, businesses can apply for licenses from participating cities when they apply for their state business license. Learn more about the new system here.
If you have questions or would like additional information, please contact AWC’s Peter King, Victoria Lincoln or Serena Dolly.
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