BILL REQ. #: S-1917.1
|State of Washington||61st Legislature||2009 Regular Session|
Read first time 02/23/09. Referred to Committee on Ways & Means.
AN ACT Relating to studying a subtraction method business value added tax as an alternative to the business and occupation tax; and creating a new section.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF WASHINGTON:
NEW SECTION. Sec. 1 (1) The legislature finds that the
pyramiding effect of the business and occupation tax favors vertically
integrated businesses and impedes the success of new and small
businesses in the state. The legislature concludes that a study of the
value added tax is necessary to identify alternatives to the business
and occupation tax.
(2) The department of revenue must conduct a study on alternatives for replacing the business and occupation tax with a revenue neutral subtraction method business value added tax. In conducting the study, the department must examine the tax structures of other states and review previous studies regarding tax reform in this state. The department of revenue must be guided by administrative simplicity, economic neutrality, fairness, stability, and transparency.
(3) The department of revenue must create an advisory group to include, but not be limited to, representatives of business, state agencies, local governments, labor, taxpayers, and other advocacy groups. The group shall provide advice and assistance to the department.
(4) The department of revenue must present a final report of its findings and alternatives, including a legislative draft proposal, to the ways and means committee in the senate and the finance committee in the house of representatives by September 30, 2009.