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Bill #:  5688

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Changing local B&O taxes

Companion bill #: No Companion Bill.

Senate - House - CMTE - DEAD

Summary/AWC comments

The substitute bill did not pass the House and is dead for the session.

Update 3/13/2013:
On March 12, a substitute bill passed the Senate on a 35-14 vote. The substitute requires the Department of Revenue to convene a workgroup and develop recommendations about simplifying city and state B&O taxes. The workgroup is to consist of DOR, AWC, cities, policy groups that have evaluated the state's tax system, and statewide business organizations. By December 15, 2013, DOR must submit the group's recommendations to the Legislature.   

This bill 
changes how cities impose local B&O taxes. The most significant changes include transferring the authority of cities to amend and interpret the model B&O ordinance to the Department of Revenue and requiring uniformity in state and city tax classifications. Requiring uniformity will increase the number of classifications cities must use while prohibiting some special city classifications.


Latest version of bill:

Link to WA Legislative bill page

Official title:

AN ACT Relating to simplifying definitions and classifications concerning state and local tax systems;


Braun, Carrell, Dammeier, Rivers, Sheldon, Hobbs

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AWC Contacts

Analyst:  Serena Dolly
Lobbyist:  Victoria Lincoln

Issue Area

Municipal Finance

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