Effective Date of Rule: Thirty-one days after filing.
Purpose: The department has amended WAC 458-20-127 (Rule 127) to reflect the following recent legislative changes:
|•||ESHB 2075 (chapter 535, Laws of 2009) explains the application of the retail sales tax and use tax on the sale of magazines and periodicals that are transferred to the buyer electronically; and|
|•||SB 6173 (chapter 563, Laws of 2009) changes the use of a resale certificate to a resellers permit to document a wholesale sale.|
Citation of Existing Rules Affected by this Order: Amending WAC 458-20-127 Sales of newspapers, magazines and periodicals.
Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 82.32.300 and 82.01.060(2).
Adopted under notice filed as WSR 10-16-139 on August 4, 2010.
Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 1, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's Own Initiative: New 0, Amended 1, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted Using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Date Adopted: October 13, 2010.
Alan R. Lynn
AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 89-21-001, filed 10/5/89, effective 11/5/89)
WAC 458-20-127 Sales of newspapers, magazines and periodicals. (1) ((
Retail sales tax.)) Introduction. This
section explains the application of the business and
occupation (B&O) tax, retail sales tax, and use tax to sales
and/or use of newspapers, magazines, and periodicals. The tax
reporting information in the section is limited to persons
that purchase and resell these publications. The department
of revenue (department) has adopted other sections providing
tax reporting information to persons printing and/or
publishing these publications and other printed materials.
• Persons printing and/or publishing newspapers, magazines, and periodicals should also refer to WAC 458-20-143.
• For information regarding the printing industry in general, see WAC 458-20-144.
• Persons duplicating printed materials for others should also refer to WAC 458-20-141.
• For information regarding potential litter tax liability, see WAC 458-20-243.
(2) General tax application. This subsection explains the B&O tax and retail sales tax responsibilities of persons selling newspapers, magazines, and periodicals to consumers, when the seller is not also the printer or publisher of the publication. Refer to subsection (4) of this section for information about tax reporting responsibilities of persons selling through organizers, captains, or others selling from house to house.
Where subscriptions or renewals of subscriptions are mailed directly by purchasers to publishers outside the state, the guidelines contained in WAC 458-20-193 and 458-20-221 apply to the obligation of sellers to collect retail sales or use tax.
(a) Sales of printed magazines and periodicals. Sales of
magazines and periodicals to ((
the reading public)) consumers
by persons operating (( news stands)) newsstands, book stores,
(( cigar)) department stores, drug stores and the like are
sales at retail and are subject to the retailing B&O tax and
retail sales tax. (( Sales to newsstands or stores which are
sales for resale are not subject to the retail sales tax.))
Refer to WAC 458-20-143 for the definition of "periodical or
(b) Magazines and periodicals sold as digital products. Sales of magazines and periodicals that are transferred electronically to the end user are subject to the retailing B&O tax and retail sales tax regardless of how they are accessed. For more information on the application of tax on digital products, refer to RCW 82.04.050, 82.04.192, and 82.04.257.
(c) Sales of newspapers. Sales of printed newspapers to consumers by persons operating newsstands, book stores, department stores, drug stores and the like are sales at retail and are subject to the retailing B&O tax. Sales of newspapers are specifically exempt from the retail sales tax per RCW 82.08.0253. Refer to WAC 458-20-143 for the definition of "newspaper."
(3) Retail sales tax exemptions. The retail sales tax does not apply to the following:
(a) Newspapers (refer to WAC 458-20-143 for a definition of "newspaper"); and
(b) Subscription sales of magazines and periodicals, including those transferred electronically to the buyer, if these sales are for the purpose of fund-raising by:
• Educational institutions as defined in RCW 82.04.170; or
• Nonprofit organizations engaged in activities primarily for the benefit of boys and girls nineteen years of age and younger. (RCW 82.08.02535.)
(4) Sales by distributors. When magazines or periodicals
are distributed to the final purchaser by a news company or
distributor who effects such distribution through organizers,
captains, or others selling from house to house or upon the
streets, the news company or distributor is ((
responsible for the collection and payment of the retail sales
(a) Such news companies or distributors ((
collect from those selling the magazines or periodicals the
retail sales tax upon the gross retail selling price of all
magazines and periodicals taken by such persons.
Registration certificates)) (b) Tax registration
endorsements are not required for organizers, captains, or
other persons selling magazines or other periodicals (( under
such circumstances)) if they meet the conditions of WAC 458-20-101 (2)(a). (( Branch certificates)) Separate
registration and license documents will be issued to the news
company or magazine distributor for each of the local stations
operated by such company. Such registration and license
documents will reflect the same tax reporting account number
as the news company or magazine distributor. For more
information, refer to WAC 458-20-101(10).
(2) Where subscriptions or renewals of subscriptions
are mailed directly by purchasers to publishers outside the
state, the guidelines contained in WAC 458-20-193B and
458-20-221 apply to the obligation of publishers to collect
sales or use tax.
This rule does not apply to the sale of newspapers. The law expressly exempts the sale of newspapers from the retail sales tax. (RCW 82.08.0253.) See WAC 458-20-143 for the definition of "newspaper."
(3) Use tax.)) (5) Buyer's responsibility to remit
deferred sales or use tax. Where no retail sales tax is paid
upon the purchase of, or subscription to, a magazine or
periodical, the ((
use tax is subsequently payable upon the use
of the magazine or periodical in this state by the purchaser))
buyer or subscriber must remit the retail sales tax (commonly
referred to as "deferred sales tax") or use tax directly to
the department unless specifically exempt by law.
Deferred sales or use tax should be reported on the use tax line of the buyer's excise tax return. For detailed information about use tax, refer to WAC 458-20-178 (Use tax).
[Statutory Authority: RCW 82.32.300. 89-21-001, § 458-20-127, filed 10/5/89, effective 11/5/89; 83-07-034 (Order ET 83-17), § 458-20-127, filed 3/15/83; Order ET 70-3, § 458-20-127 (Rule 127), filed 5/29/70, effective 7/1/70.]