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Q:  What is remote access software (RAS)?


RAS is prewritten software provided remotely.  In other words, the buyer pays the seller for the right to access and use the software, which resides on the seller's server or the server of a third party.  (An Application Service Provider is an example of a business that may provide RAS.)  (See section 301(6)(b) of the digital products bill.)  Before the effective date of the digital products bill, income derived from providing RAS was subject to business and occupation (B&O) tax under the Service & Other Activities classification.  Effective July 26, 2009, the sale of RAS is classified as a retail sale for B&O tax purposes and is subject to sales or use tax.  The purchase of prewritten software is exempt if the purchaser uses the software to provide RAS.  (See section 302(2)(f) of ESHB 2075 or section 201(6)(b) of SHB 2620.)


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