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alert Important: The Legislature has yet to pass a new state operating budget, and agencies are preparing for a possible shutdown of service. All Department of Revenue offices will be closed beginning July 1, 2015, and will remain closed until a new state operating budget is enacted. Most Revenue services will also be temporarily suspended. Staff will not be available to respond to phone calls, emails or public records requests until operations resume.
Taxes still due on time
The Department will continue to accept tax returns and payments electronically and by mail. Please note your taxes are due by your regular tax return due date regardless of the government shutdown. We apologize for this inconvenience.
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Surcharges added to restaurant bills to cover “Living Wage,” as well as costs associated with the Affordable Care Act or other expenses are subject to retail sales tax and retailing B&O tax.

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Do you need to register as a business?

Maybe. If you receive a 1099-MISC Income form from someone you worked for, this indicates that you may be engaged in a business activity as an independent contractor.

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[Marijuana reform information (I-502)]

Taxes due on recreational marijuana

Find information on how taxes apply to marijuana businesses. More...

Find up-to-date information on recreational and medical marijuana in Washington State. More...

[Who owes use tax?]

Who owes use tax?
Maybe you!

If you've made purchases without paying Washington's sales tax, you may owe use tax. More...
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