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WAC 314-13-015

What method of payment can a retailer use to purchase spirits, beer, or wine from an industry member?

Per RCW 66.28.270, a retail licensee must pay cash for spirits, beer, and wine prior to or at the time of delivery by an industry member. The board will recognize the following forms of payment as cash payment for the purposes of this title, under the conditions outlined in this rule and in WAC 314-13-020.
(1) Checks, under the provisions of WAC 314-13-020.
(2) Credit/debit cards, under the following provisions:
(a) The credit or debit card transaction agreement must be voluntary on the part of both the retailer and the industry member, and there must be no discrimination for nonparticipation in credit or debit card transactions.
(b) A sale must be initiated by an irrevocable invoice or sale order before or at the time of delivery.
(c) Both parties must bear their respective banking costs or other costs associated with the credit or debit card service.
(d) Both parties must maintain records of transactions and have the records readily available for board review.
(e) The credit or debit card charge must be initiated by the industry member no later than the first business day following delivery.
(3) Electronic funds transfer (EFT), under the following provisions:
(a) The EFT agreement must be voluntary on the part of both the retailer and the industry member, and there must be no discrimination for nonparticipation in EFT.
(b) Prior to any EFT transaction, the retail licensee must enter into a written agreement with the industry member specifying the terms and conditions for EFT as payment for alcohol or nonalcohol beverages.
(c) A sale must be initiated by an irrevocable invoice or sale order before or at the time of delivery.
(d) Both parties must bear their respective banking costs or other costs associated with EFT service.
(e) Both parties must maintain records of transactions and have the records readily available for board review.
(f) The electronic funds transfer must be initiated by the retailer or industry member no later than the first business day following delivery and must be paid as promptly as is reasonably practical, and in no event later than five business days following delivery. Any attempt by a retailer to delay payment on EFT transactions for any period of time beyond the minimum as is reasonably practical will be considered an unlawful attempt to purchase products on credit.
(4) Prepaid accounts. Both parties must keep accurate accounting records of prepaid accounts to ensure a cash deposit is not overextended, which is considered an extension of credit.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 66.08.030 and 66.08.050. WSR 12-17-006, § 314-13-015, filed 8/1/12, effective 9/1/12. Statutory Authority: RCW 66.08.030 and 66.28.320. WSR 10-01-090, § 314-13-015, filed 12/16/09, effective 1/16/10. Statutory Authority: RCW 66.08.030, 66.08.010, 66.16.040. WSR 01-06-015, § 314-13-015, filed 2/26/01, effective 3/29/01.]
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