82.08.970  <<  82.08.975 >>   82.08.980

ExemptionsComputer parts and software related to the manufacture of commercial airplanes. (Expires July 1, 2040.)

(1) The tax levied by RCW 82.08.020 does not apply to sales of computer hardware, computer peripherals, or software, not otherwise eligible for exemption under RCW 82.08.02565, used primarily in the development, design, and engineering of aerospace products or in providing aerospace services, or to sales of or charges made for labor and services rendered in respect to installing the computer hardware, computer peripherals, or software.
(2) The exemption is available only when the buyer provides the seller with an exemption certificate in a form and manner prescribed by the department. The seller must retain a copy of the certificate for the seller's files.
(3) The definitions in this subsection apply throughout this section unless the context requires otherwise.
(a) "Aerospace products" means:
(i) Commercial airplanes and their components;
(ii) Machinery and equipment that is designed and used primarily for the maintenance, repair, overhaul, or refurbishing of commercial airplanes or their components by federal aviation regulation part 145 certificated repair stations; and
(iii) Tooling specifically designed for use in manufacturing commercial airplanes or their components.
(b) "Aerospace services" means the maintenance, repair, overhaul, or refurbishing of commercial airplanes or their components, but only when such services are performed by a FAR part 145 certificated repair station.
(c) "Commercial airplane" and "component" have the same meanings provided in RCW 82.32.550.
(d) "Peripherals" includes keyboards, monitors, mouse devices, and other accessories that operate outside of the computer, excluding cables, conduit, wiring, and other similar property.
(4) This section expires July 1, 2040.


Contingent effective date2013 3rd sp.s. c 2: See RCW 82.32.850.
FindingsIntent2013 3rd sp.s. c 2: See note following RCW 82.32.850.
Findings2008 c 81: "The legislature finds that the aerospace industry provides good wages and benefits for the thousands of engineers, mechanics, support staff, and other employees working directly in the industry throughout the state. The legislature further finds that suppliers and vendors that support the aerospace industry in turn provide a range of well-paying jobs. In 2003, and again in 2006, the legislature determined it was in the public interest to encourage the continued presence of this industry through the provision of tax incentives.
However, the legislature recognizes that key elements of Washington's aerospace industry cluster were afforded few, if any, of the aerospace tax incentives enacted in 2003 and 2006. The comprehensive tax incentives in this act are intended to more comprehensively address the cost of doing business in Washington state compared to locations in other states for a larger segment of the aerospace industry cluster." [ 2008 c 81 § 1.]
Savings2008 c 81: "This act does not affect any existing right acquired or liability or obligation incurred under the sections amended or repealed in this act or under any rule or order adopted under those sections, nor does it affect any proceeding instituted under those sections." [ 2008 c 81 § 17.]
Effective date2008 c 81: "This act takes effect July 1, 2008." [ 2008 c 81 § 18.]
Finding2003 2nd sp.s. c 1: See note following RCW 82.04.4461.
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