HOUSE BILL 1915
State of Washington 57th Legislature 2001 Regular Session
By Representatives Cairnes, Morris, H. Sommers, Skinner, Hankins, Kessler, Lisk, Clements, Benson, Delvin, B. Chandler, Veloria, G. Chandler, Conway, Ruderman, Santos, Grant and Barlean
Read first time 02/08/2001. Referred to Committee on Finance.
AN ACT Relating to modifying wine and cider provisions by removing a termination date; and amending RCW 66.24.210.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF WASHINGTON:
Sec. 1. RCW 66.24.210 and 1997 c 321 s 8 are each amended to read as follows:
(1) There is hereby imposed upon all wines except cider sold to wine distributors and the Washington state liquor control board, within the state a tax at the rate of twenty and one-fourth cents per liter. There is hereby imposed on all cider sold to wine distributors and the Washington state liquor control board within the state a tax at the rate of three and fifty-nine one-hundredths cents per liter: PROVIDED, HOWEVER, That wine sold or shipped in bulk from one winery to another winery shall not be subject to such tax. The tax provided for in this section shall be collected by direct payments based on wine purchased by wine distributors. Every person purchasing wine under the provisions of this section shall on or before the twentieth day of each month report to the board all purchases during the preceding calendar month in such manner and upon such forms as may be prescribed by the board, and with such report shall pay the tax due from the purchases covered by such report unless the same has previously been paid. Any such purchaser of wine whose applicable tax payment is not postmarked by the twentieth day following the month of purchase will be assessed a penalty at the rate of two percent a month or fraction thereof. The board may require that every such person shall execute to and file with the board a bond to be approved by the board, in such amount as the board may fix, securing the payment of the tax. If any such person fails to pay the tax when due, the board may forthwith suspend or cancel the license until all taxes are paid.
(2) An additional tax is imposed equal to the rate specified in RCW 82.02.030 multiplied by the tax payable under subsection (1) of this section. All revenues collected during any month from this additional tax shall be transferred to the state general fund by the twenty-fifth day of the following month.
(3) An additional tax
is imposed on wines subject to tax under subsection (1) of this section, at the
rate of one-fourth of one cent per liter for wine sold after June 30, 1987.
After June 30, 1996, such additional tax does not apply to cider. An
additional tax of five one-hundredths of one cent per liter is imposed on cider
sold after June 30, 1996. ((
The additional taxes imposed by this subsection
(3) shall cease to be imposed on July 1, 2001.)) All revenues collected
under this subsection (3) shall be disbursed quarterly to the Washington wine
commission for use in carrying out the purposes of chapter 15.88 RCW.
(4) An additional tax is
imposed on all wine subject to tax under subsection (1) of this section. The
additional tax is equal to twenty-three and forty-four one-hundredths cents per
liter on fortified wine as defined in RCW 66.04.010((
when bottled or packaged by the manufacturer, one cent per liter on all other
wine except cider, and eighteen one-hundredths of one cent per liter on cider.
All revenues collected during any month from this additional tax shall be
deposited in the violence reduction and drug enforcement account under RCW
69.50.520 by the twenty-fifth day of the following month.
(5)(a) An additional tax is imposed on all cider subject to tax under subsection (1) of this section. The additional tax is equal to two and four one-hundredths cents per liter of cider sold after June 30, 1996, and before July 1, 1997, and is equal to four and seven one-hundredths cents per liter of cider sold after June 30, 1997.
(b) All revenues collected from the additional tax imposed under this subsection (5) shall be deposited in the health services account under RCW 43.72.900.
(6) For the purposes of this section, "cider" means table wine that contains not less than one-half of one percent of alcohol by volume and not more than seven percent of alcohol by volume and is made from the normal alcoholic fermentation of the juice of sound, ripe apples or pears. "Cider" includes, but is not limited to, flavored, sparkling, or carbonated cider and cider made from condensed apple or pear must.
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