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  • September 04, 2014 2:04 PM | Administrator (Administrator)

    We have received the following notice:

    The Chelan County Department of Community Development will be closed for training purposes on Wednesday, September 24, 2014. We apologize for any inconvenience and greatly appreciate your understanding.

     

    If you have any questions, please contact us at 509-667-6225. Thank you.

     

  • August 26, 2014 4:08 PM | Administrator (Administrator)


    Check to see if you're meeting L&I business requirements.

    Heading off regulatory problems before they start is a great way to save your business time and money. We can help you do just that! Take a few minutes and check out L&I's new resource, Check to See If You're Meeting L&I Business Requirements.

    Does your business use independent contractors? You can learn whether they would pass the test to be exempt from workers' comp premiums. Do you know all of the reporting requirements when you hire an employee? If not, this guide can walk you through the process.

    You can also learn:

    • The proper electrical licenses and permits for working with low voltage wiring.
    • What you need to do if your business has an escalator or elevator on site.
    • The proper inspection and permits for mobile structures such as food carts, trailers, RVs, and manufactured homes.

    Need more help? You can always contact the L&I Small Business Office at 1-800-987-0145 or by email SmallBusiness@LNI.wa.gov.


  • July 18, 2014 3:46 PM | Administrator (Administrator)

    Relief for businesses affected by wildfires

    OLYMPIA – July 18, 2014 – With state business tax filing deadlines around the corner, the Washington State Department of Revenue (Revenue) wants businesses impacted by the Eastern Washington wildfires to know relief is available.

    Businesses affected by the state of emergency can ask Revenue for a tax filing extension. Businesses that miss their tax filing deadline can request a late payment penalty waiver.

    July 25 is the due date for monthly-reporting businesses, and quarterly filers must file and pay by July 31.

     

    Revenue’s customer service staff can be reached at 1-800-647-7706 during regular work week hours. Businesses can also request relief through their online My Account feature in Revenue’s E-file service.

    “The wildfires pose a real threat to our communities, and we will work with businesses that need our help during this time,” Revenue Director Carol K. Nelson said.

    Businesses in affected areas can also request extensions for renewing business licenses and reseller permits as well as rescheduling audits.

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  • June 24, 2014 7:50 AM | Administrator (Administrator)

    These recent rule changes may affect you. If you have questions, call 855-TAX-WAGE (855-829-9243). To learn how you can petition to amend or repeal these rules, read about our agency rule-making.

    • We charge a $25 penalty if you submit an incomplete application when you register with us. In some cases, we may waive the penalty. (WAC 192-310-010)
    • You must file both the tax and the wage sections of your quarterly report on time to avoid a $25 late penalty. (WAC 192-310-030)
    • If someone commits fraud to receive unemployment benefits, the initial penalty is 15 percent of benefits overpaid. The second time it’s 25 percent; after that, it rises to 50 percent. (WAC 192-220-045)
    • Employers risk losing their eligibility for benefit-charge relief if they contribute to benefit overpayments by failing to respond adequately and on time to our information requests. (WAC 192-320-081 to 192-320-084)
    • If a decision about benefits calls for a credit to an employer’s account, we will apply the credit retroactively to the quarter when the erroneous charge took place. This reduces the chance of an unwarranted tax-rate increase. (WAC 192-320-085)
    • You may ask to negotiate a settlement with us if you owe taxes, interest or penalties, and collection of the full amount would be against “equity and good conscience.” We will decide whether a settlement is appropriate based on factors relevant to your situation. (WAC 192-330-120)
    • Employment Security or other interested parties may petition for review of decisions made by the Office of Administrative Hearings (OAH), which is a separate state agency. (WAC 192-04-060
  • June 19, 2014 10:23 AM | Administrator (Administrator)

    OLYMPIA – June 19, 2014 – Business owners in Washington are responsible for knowing which taxes to report. To help them, the Seattle office of the Washington State Department of Revenue (Revenue) is hosting a free workshop for new and small business owners on Wednesday, July 2, 2014.

    Call 206-727-5300 or go online to register on Revenue’s workshop and education page (http://dor.wa.gov/content/workshopsandeducation/).

     

    Participants will learn about Washington excise taxes, reporting classifications, deductions, tax incentives, sales tax collection and record-keeping requirements. Attendees receive a workbook and helpful reference guide to Revenue’s rules and regulations.

     

    Date: Wednesday, July 2, 2014

    Time: 1-4 p.m.

    Location: 2101 4th Ave., Suite 1400, Seattle

     

    Contact Revenue’s Rick Stedman with any questions about the workshop: 360-705-6624.

     

    Revenue offers several ways for businesses to learn about taxes. For those who can’t attend this month’s workshop, there is a complete schedule of workshops statewide and a short streaming video version of the workshop available on the website.

    This same workshop will be offered in East Wenatchee on Tuesday, August 19, 2014. For more information about this specific workshop, click here.

  • May 29, 2014 10:01 AM | Administrator (Administrator)
     

    OLYMPIA - Determining the sales tax rate where purchases are shipped or services performed just got easier for anyone with an Android smartphone.

    Mobile app for Android OSA new Android mobile app lets those businesses quickly look up sales and use tax rates for any Washington location.

    The free app developed by the Washington State Department of Revenue is now available at the Google Play Store.

    “Businesses have asked us to find ways to make compliance easier for them, and this app is one of them,” Director Brad Flaherty said. “Our goal is to help taxpayers get it right the first time.”

    The Android version follows the earlier deployment of an iPhone version that has been well received by businesses that provide services or make deliveries to multiple locations in the state. Under Washington law, the sales tax must be coded to the destination of a shipped or delivered product or where contractors perform services.

    Businesses can use GPS or key in an address to get the rate, location code, and a confirmation code. They also can save the information to a list or forward it to another phone or email address, making the transfer of information from the field to a main office quick and easy.

    More information on the app is available at dor.wa.gov/TaxRateMobile.

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  • April 24, 2014 6:45 PM | Administrator (Administrator)

    It has come to our attention that a representative with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has recently visited the Wenatchee area, specific to enforcement of the Lead-Based Paint Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP) Program rules. While these are regulations specific to the EPA, the EPA allows Washington and twelve other states to administer its own RRP program through the Department of Commerce, including administering compliance of these rules.

    However, with this recent activity by the EPA and their aggressive tone, it appears the federal agency may be ramping up its own version of compliance, which is most definitely one of compliance-by-penalties! The civil penalties are SIGNIFICANT! In fact, they can be as much as $37,000 per day, per incident.

     

    We do not want any small-business to incur the significant fines that EPA can levy, much less one of our member companies! Please don’t ignore this call-to-attention!

     

    Avoid Fines...Get Certified!

     

    Does your business involve the renovation, repair or painting of structures built before 1978?

    If so, there are federal regulations that went into effect in April 2010 which may prevent you from performing your work. Under the U.S. Environmental Protection Agencies Lead-Based Paint Renovation, Re- pair, and Painting (RRP) Program, construction firms must apply for and receive EPA Certification to disturb paint as part of their work in pre-1978 housing and child-occupied facilities. In addition, all of these jobs must be supervised by Certified Renovators; specifically, individuals who have completed an EPA-accredited, full-day training course. The training course is required for any contractor that is involved in any activity that will - or has the potential to - disturb six square feet of lead-based paint in a room, or 20 square feet on the exterior. The rule does not apply to minor maintenance or repair activities; however, window replacement is not considered minor maintenance or repair.

     

    Who Should Be Certified?

    • Home Improvement/Renovation Contractors
    • Remodelers/Carpenters
    • Painters
    • Plumbers
    • Electricians
    • Maintenance Personnel
    • Residential Property Managers/Owners
    • Workers Removing or Modifying Painted Surfaces
    • Anyone disturbing more than 6 sq. ft. (interior) & 20 sq. ft. (exterior) of lead-based paint.

    Please contact BNCW for more information about compliance and upcoming certification classes that we’re scheduling now for our members. (509) 293-5840

  • April 14, 2014 10:00 AM | Administrator (Administrator)
    BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
    DOUGLAS COUNTY, WASHINGTON

    Resolution No. TLS 14-08C

    TRANSPORTATION AND LAND SERVICES

    Notice of Public Hearing:
    Amendments to the Douglas County Regional Shoreline Master Program

    NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Douglas County Board of Commissioners will conduct a public hearing beginning at 5:30 PM on Tuesday, April 22, 2014 in the Community Hall at the NCW District Fairgrounds, located at 601 North Monroe Street, Waterville, WA. The purpose of the hearing is to consider four (4) amendments to the Douglas County Regional Shoreline Master Program. The hearing on the four proposed limited amendments will be sequential and in the following order:

    Amendment #1. Revisions to Section 5.10 Moorage to ensure that specific standards for pier, ramp and float construction are consistent with federal, state, and local agencies;

    Amendment #2. Revisions to Section 5.12 to include legislative amendments to RCW 90.58.620 that authorize master programs to recognize legally established structures that do not meet the standards of the program as legally conforming;

    Amendment #3. Revisions to Section 5.13 amending common line buffer/setback standards;

    Amendment #6. Revisions to Appendix H 3.060 to remove references to shoreline access/dock corridors.

    Interested parties may attend or participate in the public hearing at the Community Hall in Waterville. The Board will receive testimony on each amendment separately. Verbal testimony will be limited to a total of three (3) minutes for each individual per amendment. Persons providing testimony may not reserve time for rebuttal, additional testimony on other amendments, or defer their time to another individual. Testimony must be relevant to the amendment under consideration and not on other issues beyond the scope of the amendment. Effort should be made to limit the duplication of information that has already been presented. Written testimony is strongly encouraged in advance of the hearing and should be directed to:

    Douglas County Board of Commissioners
    Post Office Box 747
    Waterville, WA 98858-0747
    Fax: 509-745-9045

    Complete information and copies of the proposal may be reviewed during normal business hours by contacting the Douglas County Dept. of Transportation and Land Services, 140 19th Street NW, East Wenatchee, WA 98802. 509/884-7173. Questions should be directed to the Dept. of Transportation and Land Services in advance of the public hearing at the same address and telephone number. To view the draft amendments and staff analysis on the internet, select the '2013 Annual Comprehensive Plan Update' link under the 'Current Projects' tab on the County website: www.douglascountywa.net.

    Dated this 25th day of March 2014 in Waterville, Washington.

    BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
    DOUGLAS COUNTY, WASHINGTON

    Published in the Douglas County Empire Press on March 27, 2014.
  • December 10, 2013 5:12 PM | Administrator (Administrator)

    Dec. 10, 2013

    TUMWATER undefined Scores of businesses are contacting the Department of Labor & Industries to report they have received an official-looking letter that implies they must buy required workplace posters or face fines.

    L&I did not send the letters, but wants to remind companies that the workplace posters are available for free.

    The mass mailing has confused many business owners, who assume it’s from L&I. The letters say “final notice,” are addressed to individual businesses, and include a payment stub to purchase the posters for $295.

    It’s true that the state and federal governments require certain posters be placed at job sites. While private vendors may sell the posters, the government provides the posters at no cost.

    “Our staff has received lots of calls regarding what appears to be a bill for government posters,” said Anne Foote-Soiza, Assistant Director of L&I’s Division of Occupational Health and Safety. “L&I wants everyone to understand these posters are free for the asking. Please let other business owners know about it, too.”

    The free state-required posters are available from any L&I office or by calling 1-866-219-7321 or downloading from the L&I website at posters.Lni.wa.gov.

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    For media information: Debby Abe, debby.abe@lni.wa.gov, (360) 902-6043

    Connect with L&I: Facebook (facebook.com/laborandindustries) and Twitter (twitter.com/lniwa)

  • December 10, 2013 5:12 PM | Administrator (Administrator)

    Dec. 10, 2013

    TUMWATER undefined Scores of businesses are contacting the Department of Labor & Industries to report they have received an official-looking letter that implies they must buy required workplace posters or face fines.

    L&I did not send the letters, but wants to remind companies that the workplace posters are available for free.

    The mass mailing has confused many business owners, who assume it’s from L&I. The letters say “final notice,” are addressed to individual businesses, and include a payment stub to purchase the posters for $295.

    It’s true that the state and federal governments require certain posters be placed at job sites. While private vendors may sell the posters, the government provides the posters at no cost.

    “Our staff has received lots of calls regarding what appears to be a bill for government posters,” said Anne Foote-Soiza, Assistant Director of L&I’s Division of Occupational Health and Safety. “L&I wants everyone to understand these posters are free for the asking. Please let other business owners know about it, too.”

    The free state-required posters are available from any L&I office or by calling 1-866-219-7321 or downloading from the L&I website at posters.Lni.wa.gov.

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    For media information: Debby Abe, debby.abe@lni.wa.gov, (360) 902-6043

    Connect with L&I: Facebook (facebook.com/laborandindustries) and Twitter (twitter.com/lniwa)

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