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WAC 458-20-195

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Taxes, deductibility.

(1) Introduction. This rule explains the circumstances under which taxes may be deducted from the gross amount reported as the measure of tax under the business and occupation tax, retail sales tax, and public utility tax. It also lists deductible and nondeductible taxes.
(2) Deductibility of taxes. In computing tax liability, the amount of certain taxes may be excluded or deducted from the gross amount reported as the measure of tax under the business and occupation (B&O) tax, the retail sales tax, and the public utility tax. These taxes may be deducted provided they have been included in the gross amount reported under the classification with respect to which the deduction is sought, and have not been otherwise deducted through inclusion in the amount of another allowable deduction, such as credit losses.
The amount of taxes which are not allowable as deductions or exclusions must in every case be included in the gross amount reported. License and regulatory fees are not deductible. Questions regarding the deductibility or exclusion of a tax that is not specifically identified in this rule should be submitted to the department of revenue for determination.
(3) Motor vehicle fuel taxes. RCW 82.04.4285 provides a B&O tax deduction for certain state and federal motor vehicle fuel taxes when the taxes are included in the sales price. These taxes include:
State motor vehicle fuel tax. . . .
chapter 82.36 RCW;
State special fuel tax. . . .
chapter 82.38 RCW;
Federal tax on diesel and special motor fuels (including leaking underground storage tank taxes), except train and aviation fuels. . . .
26 U.S.C.A. Sec. 4041;
Federal tax on inland waterway commercial fuel. . . .
26 U.S.C.A. Sec. 4042;
Federal tax on gasoline and diesel fuel for use in highway vehicles and motorboats. . . .
26 U.S.C.A. Sec. 4081.
(4) Taxes collected as an agent of municipalities, the state, or the federal government. The amount of taxes collected by a taxpayer, as agent for municipalities, the state of Washington or its political subdivisions, or the federal government, may be deducted from the gross amount reported. These taxes are deductible under each tax classification of the Revenue Act under which the gross amount from such sales or services must be reported.
This deduction applies only where the amount of such taxes is received by the taxpayer as collecting agent and is paid by the agent directly to a municipality, the state, its political subdivisions, or to the federal government. When the taxpayer is the person upon whom a tax is primarily imposed, no deduction or exclusion is allowed, since in such case the tax is a part of the cost of doing business. The mere fact that the amount of tax is added by the taxpayer as a separate item to the price of goods sold, or to the charge for services rendered, does not in itself, make such taxpayer a collecting agent for the purpose of this deduction. Examples of deductible taxes include:
FEDERAL
Tax on communications services (telephone and teletype-writer exchange services). . . .
26 U.S.C.A. Sec. 4251;
Tax on transportation of persons. . . .
26 U.S.C.A. Sec. 4261;
Tax on transportation of property. . . .
26 U.S.C.A. Sec. 4271;
STATE
 
Aviation fuel tax collected from buyers by a distributor as defined by RCW
82.42.010. . . .
chapter 82.42 RCW;
Leasehold excise tax collected from lessees. . . .
chapter 82.29A RCW;
Oil spill response tax collected from taxpayers by marine terminal operators. . . .
chapter 82.23B RCW;
Retail sales tax collected from
buyers. . . .
chapter 82.08 RCW;
Solid waste collection tax collected from buyers. . . .
chapter 82.18 RCW;
State enhanced 911 tax collected from subscribers. . . .
chapter 82.14B RCW;
Use tax collected from
buyers. . . .
chapter 82.12 RCW;
MUNICIPAL—
 
City admission tax. . . .
County admissions and recreations tax. . . .
chapter 36.38 RCW;
County enhanced 911 tax collected from subscribers. . . .
chapter 82.14B RCW;
Local retail sales and use taxes collected from
buyers. . . .
chapter 82.14 RCW.
(5) Specific taxes which are not deductible. Examples of specific taxes which may be neither deducted nor excluded from the measure of the tax include the following:
FEDERAL
 
A.A.A. compensating
tax. . . .
7 U.S.C.A. Sec. 615(e);
A.A.A. processing tax. . . .
7 U.S.C.A. Sec. 609;
Aviation fuel. . . .
26 U.S.C.A. Sec. 4091;
Distilled spirits, wine and beer taxes. . . .
26 U.S.C.A. chapter 51;
Diesel and special motor fuel tax for fuel used for purposes other than motor vehicles and motor-
boats. . . .
26 U.S.C.A. Sec. 4041;
Employment taxes. . . .
26 U.S.C.A. chapters 21-25;
Estate taxes. . . .
26 U.S.C.A. chapter 11;
Firearms, shells and cartridges. . . .
26 U.S.C.A. Sec. 4181;
Gift taxes. . . .
26 U.S.C.A. chapter 12;
Importers, manufacturers and dealers in firearms. . . .
26 U.S.C.A. Sec. 5801;
Income taxes. . . .
26 U.S.C.A. Subtitle A;
Insurance policies issued by foreign insurers. . . .
26 U.S.C.A. Sec. 4371;
Sale and transfer of firearms tax. . . .
26 U.S.C.A. Sec. 5811;
Sporting goods. . . .
26 U.S.C.A. Sec. 4161;
Superfund tax. . . .
26 U.S.C.A. Sec. 4611;
Tires. . . .
26 U.S.C.A. Sec. 4071;
Tobacco excise taxes. . . .
26 U.S.C.A. chapter 52;
Wagering taxes. . . .
26 U.S.C.A. chapter 35;
STATE
 
Ad valorem property
taxes. . . .
Title 84 RCW;
Alcoholic beverages licenses and stamp taxes (Breweries, distillers, distributors and win-
eries). . . .
chapter 66.24 RCW;
Aviation fuel tax when not collected as agent for the
state. . . .
chapter 82.42 RCW;
Boxing, sparring and wrestling tax. . . .
chapter 67.08 RCW;
Business and occupation tax. . . .
chapter 82.04 RCW;
Cigarette tax. . . .
chapter 82.24 RCW;
Gift and inheritance
taxes. . . .
Title 83 RCW;
Insurance premiums tax. . . .
chapter 48.14 RCW;
Hazardous substance
tax. . . .
chapter 82.21 RCW;
Litter tax. . . .
chapter 82.19 RCW;
Pollution liability insurance fee. . . .
Parimutuel tax. . . .
Petroleum products - underground storage tank tax. . . .
chapter 82.23A RCW;
Public utility tax. . . .
chapter 82.16 RCW;
Real estate excise tax. . . .
chapter 82.45 RCW;
Tobacco products tax. . . .
chapter 82.26 RCW;
Use tax when not collected as agent for state. . . .
chapter 82.12 RCW;
MUNICIPAL—
 
Local use tax when not collected as agent for cities or counties. . . .
chapter 82.14 RCW;
Municipal utility taxes. . . .
chapter 54.28 RCW;
Municipal and county real estate excise taxes. . . .
chapter 82.46 RCW.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 82.32.300. WSR 00-16-015, § 458-20-195, filed 7/21/00, effective 8/21/00; WSR 99-13-053, § 458-20-195, filed 6/9/99, effective 7/10/99; WSR 83-08-026 (Order ET 83-1), § 458-20-195, filed 3/30/83; Order ET 70-3, § 458-20-195 (Rule 195), filed 5/29/70, effective 7/1/70.]