Under the Revenue Act of 1935, as amended, the word "sale" means any transfer of the ownership of, title to, or possession of, property for a valuable consideration, and includes the sale or charge made for performing certain services.
For the purpose of determining tax liability of persons selling tangible personal property, a sale takes place in this state when the goods sold are delivered to the buyer in this state, irrespective of whether title to the goods passes to the buyer at a point within or without this state.
With respect to the charge made for performing services which constitute sales as defined in RCW 82.04.040
and 82.04.050, a sale takes place in this state when the services are performed herein. With respect to the charge made for renting or leasing tangible personal property, a sale takes place in this state when the property is used in this state by the lessee.
Where gift certificates are sold which will be redeemed in merchandise, or in services which are defined by the Revenue Act as retail sales, the sale is deemed to occur and the retail sales tax shall be collected at the time the certificate is actually redeemed for the merchandise or services. The measure of the tax is the total selling price of the merchandise or services at the time of the redemption, including the redemption value of the certificate, or any part thereof, which is applied toward the selling price. (See WAC 458-20-235
for effect of rate changes on prior contracts and sales agreements. See also WAC 458-20-131
which deals with merchandising games, and which covers the situation where certificates or trade checks are issued which may be redeemed for services which are not retail sales, such as barber services, admissions, etc.)
Revised March 2, 1982.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 82.32.300
. WSR 82-12-021 (Order ET 82-2), § 458-20-103, filed 5/25/82; Order ET 70-3, § 458-20-103 (Rule 103), filed 5/29/70, effective 7/1/70.]