Monthly and Quarterly taxpayers must file and pay their taxes electronically. (Revised Code of Washington 82.32.080).
Monthly taxpayers have been required to file and pay electronically since Substitute Senate Bill 5571 was passed by the 2009 Legislature. Quarterly taxpayers have been required to file and pay electronically since Engrossed House Bill 1357 was passed by the 2011 Legislature.
Taxpayers who are unable to file and pay electronically may request a waiver.
How do I file my taxes electronically?
File your return electronically using E-file, the Department’s online filing tool. To use E-file, you must create an online account. You will need your Tax Registration/UBI Number and Pre-Assigned Access Code (PAC).
To see a preview of the registration process, click on Preview of My Account and E-file.
Once you create your account, click on File return next to the period you wish to report. Follow the prompts. For help in the E-file program, click on the Tutorial icon in the upper right of most pages.
Get electronic reminders
You can sign up for electronic due date reminders and sales tax rate changes during the registration process. Those notices will go to the email address you enter when you create your account.
If you already have an account and you are not receiving electronic reminders, please log into your account at dor.wa.gov. Select E-mail & notices on the left menu and then, click on E-mail notifications (listserv) and follow the prompts to join or leave the Electronic Filing (E-file) list.
How do I pay my taxes electronically?
Paying taxes electronically is the last step of the E-file process. You will find your payment options in My Account, on the left under Invoices & payment options.
Below is a description of each option:
Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT)
You must register to use EFT by selecting Electronic funds transfer registration/update.
- EFT Debit: You authorize the Department’s bank to withdraw the amount you owe from your bank account on the date you select. This happens automatically when you submit your return.
- EFT Credit: You authorize your bank to send funds to the Department’s account. You must initiate this payment each time you submit payment.
You enter your bank account number and routing information to make a one-time payment. The transaction is free and only gives the Department permission to withdraw the amount that you authorize.
You enter your credit card information to make a one-time payment. You can use Visa, MasterCard, American Express or Discover. A 2.5% fee is charged by a non-state vendor for this service.
Benefits of using E-File
Nearly a quarter million Washington businesses have already discovered the benefits of using E-file. Whether you’re a small business or a CPA who handles multiple accounts, E-file offers several advantages over traditional paper filing.
Benefits of E-file include:
- 24/7 access to your tax return and payment system.
- Instantaneous delivery of your return with confirmation.
- Automatic error checking.
- Ability to customize your return to include only the classifications you need.
- Four payment options: EFT Debit, EFT Credit, E-check, and credit card.
- Ability to import data from software programs.
Faster processing and fewer errors.
You may request a waiver. Reasons why a waiver may be granted include:
- You do not have a computer.
- You do not have access to the internet using your own computer.
- You do not have a bank account or a credit card.
- Your bank is unable to send or receive electronic funds transfer transactions.
To request a waiver, send a written request with explanation to:
Electronic Filing and Payment Team
Department of Revenue
PO Box 47476
Olympia, WA 98504-7476