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RCW 82.32.760

Sourcing compliance — Taxpayer relief — Credits — Streamlined sales and use tax agreement.

(1) Eligible taxpayers may either:

     (a) Use the services of a certified service provider at no cost to themselves for tax reporting periods up to two years after July 1, 2008; or

     (b) Claim a credit against the tax imposed under RCW 82.08.020(1) collected and otherwise required to be remitted by the taxpayer as a seller and the tax imposed under RCW 82.04.220. The amount of the credit is equal to the amount of costs incurred within one year of July 1, 2008, in order to comply with changes in local sales and use tax sourcing rules implemented under RCW 82.14.490 and the chapter 6, Laws of 2007 amendments to RCW 82.14.020.

     (i) The total amount of credit claimed under this subsection (1)(b) may not exceed one thousand dollars.

     (ii) The credit may be claimed until it is used. No refunds may be granted for the credit. The costs that may be used in the calculation of the credit include goods and services purchased, and labor costs incurred, for the purpose of complying with the local sales tax sourcing rules.

     (2) The use of a certified service provider under subsection (1)(a) of this section must begin within one year after July 1, 2008, but not before July 1, 2008.

     (3) The credit under subsection (1)(b) of this section must first be claimed within one year after July 1, 2008, but not before July 1, 2008. This subsection does not affect the ability of a taxpayer to claim unused credit until it is used.

     (4) For purposes of subsection (1) of this section, an "eligible taxpayer" means a taxpayer that:

     (a) Immediately before July 1, 2008, was registered with the department and engaged in making sales of tangible personal property that the taxpayer delivered to physical locations away from its place of business; and

     (b) During the calendar year in which *RCW 82.14.490 becomes effective:

     (i) Has a physical presence in Washington;

     (ii) Has gross income of the business less than five hundred thousand dollars;

     (iii) Has at least five percent of its gross income from sales subject to sales tax derived from sales of tangible personal property delivered to physical locations away from its place of business; and

     (iv) Has at least one percent of its gross income from sales subject to sales tax derived from deliveries of tangible personal property to destinations in local jurisdictions imposing sales tax other than the one to which the taxpayer reported the most local sales tax.

     (5) Certified service providers agreeing to provide services to eligible taxpayers under subsection (1)(a) of this section shall be compensated for those services by retaining as a fee an amount adopted by rule by the department. The department may be guided by the provisions for monetary allowances adopted by the governing board of the agreement to determine the amount of the fee. The fee must be reasonable and provide adequate incentive for certified service providers to provide services to eligible taxpayers. The fee will be funded solely from state sales taxes.

     (6) Taxpayers that use certified service provider services under subsection (1)(a) of this section but are not eligible taxpayers are immediately liable to the department for the amount retained by the certified service provider as a fee for providing those services to the taxpayer. All administrative provisions of this chapter applicable to the collection of taxes apply to amounts due under this subsection. If any amounts due under this subsection are not paid by the due date of any notice informing the taxpayer of such liability, the department shall apply interest, but not penalties, to amounts remaining due. Interest assessed under this subsection shall be at the rate provided for delinquent excise taxes under this chapter from the day after the due date until the amount due under this subsection is paid in full.

     (7) Taxpayers that claim a credit under subsection (1)(b) of this section but are not eligible taxpayers are immediately liable to the department for the amount of credit claimed. If any amounts due under this subsection are not paid by the due date of any notice informing the taxpayer of such liability, the department shall apply interest, but not penalties, to amounts remaining due. Interest assessed under this subsection shall be at the rate provided for delinquent excise taxes under this chapter from the day after the due date until the amount due under this subsection is paid in full.

     (8) No application is necessary for either the use of certified service providers under subsection (1)(a) of this section or the tax credit under subsection (1)(b) of this section. The taxpayer must keep records necessary for the department to determine eligibility under this section. The department may prescribe rules and procedures regarding the administration of this section.

[2007 c 6 § 1602.]

Notes:

     *Reviser's note: RCW 82.14.490 takes effect July 1, 2008.

     Part headings not law -- Savings -- Severability -- 2007 c 6: See notes following RCW 82.32.020.

     Findings -- Intent -- 2007 c 6: See note following RCW 82.14.495.