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  • January 09, 2015 4:55 PM | Administrator (Administrator)

    OLYMPIA – Jan. 9, 2015 – Scammers are at it again. This time, they are targeting Washington citizens and businesses with fraudulent emails asking them to pay off tax liens owed to the state.

    The email reads that the Department of Revenue has filed a lien in county probate courts or with the Secretary of State. The taxpayer is directed to make a cash-by-wire-transfer payment before Jan. 20. Neither the email nor fax number listed in the email for Revenue is legitimate.

    Revenue’s director says taxpayers should never hesitate to confirm the accuracy of an unexpected message about unpaid taxes.

    “Trust your instincts: if you are uncertain about a message from someone claiming to represent the Department, call us back at the numbers listed on our website,” said Carol K. Nelson, Revenue’s director. “That’s a legitimate way to protect yourself from scammers.”

    When businesses have overdue taxes, Revenue will contact them to arrange payment. In developing these types of schemes, scam artists are trying to take advantage of the fear around unpaid taxes.

    Every year Revenue hears from taxpayers about fraudulent messages supposedly left by agency employees. Each time the scammers become more sophisticated, even using phone numbers that are just one or two digits different than Revenue’s toll-free information line.

    Call Revenue at 800-647-7706 or check their website to confirm the phone number matches: http://dor.wa.gov/800. Also consider contacting Revenue and making a report with the Attorney General’s Office and Federal Trade Commission consumer protection teams.

  • January 07, 2015 9:18 AM | Administrator (Administrator)

    BNCW is proud to announce our award recipients for 2014! We are very grateful for each of the recipient's commitment and contributions!


    2014 Outgoing Chairman Recognition

    •          Dustin Christensen, Tonka Landshaping & Excavating

    2014 Outgoing Director Recognition

    •          Tanya Davis, Western Ranch Buildings, LLC

    2014 Outstanding Volunteers of the Year

    •          Marina Covey, Custom Construction & Cabinetry by Shane Covey
    •          Laurie McDaniel, Mountain Vista Homes, LLC
    •          WVC Athletics, Greg Franz, WVC Athletic Director
    •          Katie Brender, Concepts Kitchen & Bath Designs
    •          Julie Lester, Jessup Real Estate
    •          Pam Pettit, Designs for Living
    •          Nathan Roberts, Noble Truss & Lumber
    •          Cindy Smith, Western Ranch Buildings

    2014 Committee Co-Chair Recognition Award

    •          Amy Gustin, The ADG Media Group, LLC  - Home Show
    •          Craig Field, Mitchell, Reed & Schmitten Insurance  – Home Show
    •          Jake Holt, Central Washington Concrete – Golf Tournament
    •          Shane Johnson, Johnson Electric Northwest, LLC – Golf Tournament
    •          Leona Wolk, Leona’s Events – Auction
    •          Mary Lewis, R Digital Design – Auction

    2014 Member Company of the Year

    •          Complete Design, Inc. – Ryan Kelso

    2014 Legislator of the Year

    •          City of Wenatchee Mayor, Frank Kuntz

  • January 05, 2015 1:51 PM | Administrator (Administrator)

    Free collection sites around state keep toxic mercury out of landfills

    OLYMPIA – Washington residents can now recycle fluorescent lights and other mercury-containing lights for free at 130 sites throughout the state, with more being added in the months ahead.

    LightRecycle Washington collection sites will take traditional fluorescent tubes (including straight, curved and circular tubes), the twisty compact fluorescent lights and high intensity discharge lights, which are commonly used in outdoor lighting fixtures. The program does not accept lighting fixtures or ballasts.

    Both individuals and businesses can drop off lights for recycling, although there is a limit of 10 lights per day. Visit www.lightrecyclewa.org to find a collection site near you.

    “Fluorescent lights are long-lasting and energy efficient, but they contain small amounts of toxic mercury, which needs to be recycled or properly disposed of,” said Laurie Davies, manager of Ecology’s Waste 2 Resources program. “With the launch of LightRecycle Washington, we’re making it easier to comply with the law and protect the environment.”

    Since 2010, it has been illegal in Washington to dispose of mercury-containing lights in the regular garbage. This new program, funded by a 25-cent environmental handling charge on each new mercury-containing light sold at retail, makes it simple to recycle old lights.

    EcoLights Northwest, located in Seattle, is the recycling company that will process the lights collected by LightRecycle Washington. After mercury-containing lights are collected, EcoLights breaks them down and then recyclable components, including mercury, are refined and reused.

    "We started recycling lights back in 1996,” said Craig Lorch, co-owner of EcoLights, “but until now, many residents and small businesses have had a difficult time finding a convenient and inexpensive way to recycle fluorescent lights. This program will make it easy to recycle mercury-containing lights anywhere in Washington state."

    LightRecycle Washington is run by the nonprofit PCA Product Stewardship Inc., working with retailers, lighting manufacturers, municipal waste facilities and Ecology. 

  • December 29, 2014 2:56 PM | Administrator (Administrator)

    Dec. 29, 2014

    Reminder: Washington minimum wage increase takes effect Jan. 1, 2015

     

    TUMWATER undefined Washington's new, higher minimum wage takes effect Jan. 1, 2015. The 15-cent increase to $9.47 was announced by the Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) in September.

     

    The change reflects a 1.59 percent increase in the federal Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers (CPI-W) over the last 12 months ending Aug. 31. The Consumer Price Index reflects the cost of goods and services needed for day-to-day living.

     

    L&I calculates the state’s minimum wage each year as required under Initiative 688, which Washington voters approved in 1998. The hourly increase will mean an additional $312 per year for a full-time worker receiving minimum wage.

     

    The minimum wage applies to workers in all industries, including agriculture. Youth who are 14 or 15 years old can be paid 85 percent of the adult minimum wage, or $8.05 an hour.

     

    Washington has the highest state minimum wage in the nation, followed by Oregon, where the minimum wage will increase to $9.25 undefined an increase of 15 cents undefined in 2015.

     

    Washington is one of at least 10 states that adjust the minimum wage based on inflation and the CPI. Others include Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, Ohio, Oregon and Vermont.

     

    L&I enforces the state’s wage-and-hour laws. The agency investigates all the wage-payment complaints it receives, as required by state law. Workers can file a wage complaint online at www.lni.wa.gov/workplacerights/, or by calling 1-866-219-7321.

    There’s more information on Washington’s minimum wage at Wages.lni.wa.gov. Employers and workers also may call 360-902-5316 or 1-866-219-7321.

  • 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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