Effective Date of Rule: Immediately.
Purpose: WAC 458-20-185 (Rule 185) explains the provisions of chapter 82.26 RCW, Tax on tobacco products. The rule identifies distributors who must pay the tax, the imposition of the tax, applicable penalties, the books and records that must be kept, and when a credit for previously paid tax may be taken.
The department is revising Rule 185 on an emergency basis to incorporate provisions of chapter 180, Laws of 2005 (SB 6097). This legislation made significant statutory changes to chapter 82.26 RCW, including:
• A requirement that distributors and retailers of tobacco products be licensed;
• Requiring that licensed distributors sell only to licensed retailers;
• Changing the measure of the tax from "wholesale value" to "taxable sales value";
• Imposing record-keeping requirements on persons that transport tobacco products; and
• Adding new enforcement provisions and transferring enforcement to the liquor control board.
Citation of Existing Rules Affected by this Order: Amending WAC 458-20-185 Tax on tobacco products.
Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 82.32.300 and 82.01.060(2).
Under RCW 34.05.350 the agency for good cause finds that immediate adoption, amendment, or repeal of a rule is necessary for the preservation of the public health, safety, or general welfare, and that observing the time requirements of notice and opportunity to comment upon adoption of a permanent rule would be contrary to the public interest.
Reasons for this Finding: An emergency adoption is necessary because a permanent rule cannot be adopted at this time. This rule action will provide needed information to taxpayers and department staff about the new licensing requirements and responsibilities of persons selling tobacco products in this state. The rule being adopted is the same as that adopted on an emergency basis on September 29, 2005 (WSR 05-20-037).
Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 1, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's Own Initiative: New 0, Amended 1, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted Using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, Amended 1, Repealed 0.
Date Adopted: January 26, 2006.
Janis P. Bianchi, Manager
Technical Advice Unit
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