Recent law states wine distributors may sell their unopened products directly to their employees (Substitute Senate Bill 5537, Chapter 160, Laws of 2017). This law started July 23, 2017. In order to qualify, these sales need to meet all of the following requirements:
- The product must be in such condition that it cannot reasonably be sold in the normal course of business. An example is damage to the product label on individual bottles.
- The wines cannot be sold for less than the licensee’s cost of acquiring the wine.
- The distributor must collect and send retail sales tax on all sales delivered to employees (buyers) in Washington.
- The employee must be at least 21 years old and must have been employed by the distributor for at least 90 days.