|Passed by the House February 12, 2004|
Speaker of the House of Representatives
Passed by the Senate March 11, 2004
President of the Senate
I, Richard Nafziger, Chief Clerk of the House of Representatives of the State of Washington, do hereby certify that the attached is SUBSTITUTE HOUSE BILL 2510 as passed by the House of Representatives and the Senate on the dates hereon set forth.
Governor of the State of Washington
Secretary of State
State of Washington
|State of Washington||58th Legislature||2004 Regular Session|
READ FIRST TIME 02/04/04.
AN ACT Relating to tax delinquency assessments for successor employers; and amending RCW 50.12.220.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF WASHINGTON:
Sec. 1 RCW 50.12.220 and 2003 2nd sp.s. c 4 s 22 are each amended
to read as follows:
(1)(a) If an employer fails to file in a timely and complete manner a report required by RCW 50.12.070, or the rules adopted pursuant thereto, the employer shall be subject to a penalty to be determined by the commissioner, but not to exceed two hundred fifty dollars or ten percent of the quarterly contributions for each such offense, whichever is less.
(b) If an employer knowingly misrepresents to the employment security department the amount of his or her payroll upon which contributions under this title are based, the employer shall be liable to the state for up to ten times the amount of the difference in contributions paid, if any, and the amount the employer should have paid and for the reasonable expenses of auditing his or her books and collecting such sums. Such liability may be enforced in the name of the department.
(c) If any part of a delinquency for which an assessment is made under this title is due to an intent to evade the successorship provisions of RCW 50.29.062, then for the calendar year in which the commissioner makes the determination under this subsection, the commissioner shall assign to the employer, and to any business found to be promoting the evasion of such provisions, the ((
rate determined for that calendar year under RCW 50.29.025, including
the solvency surcharge, if any, for rate class 20 or rate class 40, as
applicable, (( for five consecutive calendar quarters, beginning with
the calendar quarter in which the intent to evade such provision is
found)) plus two percent.
(2) If contributions are not paid on the date on which they are due and payable as prescribed by the commissioner, there shall be assessed a penalty of five percent of the amount of the contributions for the first month or part thereof of delinquency; there shall be assessed a total penalty of ten percent of the amount of the contributions for the second month or part thereof of delinquency; and there shall be assessed a total penalty of twenty percent of the amount of the contributions for the third month or part thereof of delinquency. No penalty so added shall be less than ten dollars. These penalties are in addition to the interest charges assessed under RCW 50.24.040.
(3) Penalties shall not accrue on contributions from an estate in the hands of a receiver, executor, administrator, trustee in bankruptcy, common law assignee, or other liquidating officer subsequent to the date when such receiver, executor, administrator, trustee in bankruptcy, common law assignee, or other liquidating officer qualifies as such, but contributions accruing with respect to employment of persons by a receiver, executor, administrator, trustee in bankruptcy, common law assignee, or other liquidating officer shall become due and shall be subject to penalties in the same manner as contributions due from other employers.
(4) Where adequate information has been furnished to the department and the department has failed to act or has advised the employer of no liability or inability to decide the issue, penalties shall be waived by the commissioner. Penalties may also be waived for good cause if the commissioner determines that the failure to timely file reports or pay contributions was not due to the employer's fault.
(5) Any decision to assess a penalty as provided by this section shall be made by the chief administrative officer of the tax branch or his or her designee.
(6) Nothing in this section shall be construed to deny an employer the right to appeal the assessment of any penalty. Such appeal shall be made in the manner provided in RCW 50.32.030.