SENATE BILL NO. 5580
C 078 L 89
State of Washington 51st Legislature 1989 Regular Session
By Senators McCaslin and DeJarnatt; by request of Office of Financial Management
Read first time 1/27/89 and referred to Committee on Governmental Operations.
AN ACT Relating to agency write-offs of uncollectible accounts; amending RCW 50.24.200, 74.20A.220, 82.32.340, and 43.20B.030; and repealing RCW 43.20B.365 and 43.20B.625.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF WASHINGTON:
Sec. 1. Section 8, chapter 286, Laws of 1955 as amended by section 16, chapter 190, Laws of 1979 ex. sess. and RCW 50.24.200 are each amended to read as follows:
commissioner may charge off as uncollectible and no longer an asset of the
unemployment compensation fund or the administrative contingency fund, as the
case may be, any delinquent contributions, interest((
credits, or benefit overpayments (( at any time after three years from the
date of delinquency or service of notice of benefit overpayment,)) if the
commissioner (( and the attorney general are)) is satisfied that
there are no (( available and lawful means by which such)) cost-effective
means of collecting the contributions, interest, penalties, credits, or
benefit overpayments (( may thereafter be collected)).
Sec. 2. Section 22, chapter 164, Laws of 1971 ex. sess. as last amended by section 16, chapter 171, Laws of 1979 ex. sess. and RCW 74.20A.220 are each amended to read as follows:
debt due the department from a responsible parent ((
which the secretary
deems uncollectible may be transferred from accounts receivable to a suspense
account)) may be written off and cease to be accounted as an asset(( :
PROVIDED, That at any time after six years from the date a support debt was
incurred, the secretary may charge off as uncollectible any support debt upon
which)) if the secretary finds there (( is no available,
practical, or lawful means by which said debt may be collected)) are no
cost-effective means of collecting the debt.
The department may accept offers of compromise of disputed claims or may grant partial or total charge-off of support arrears owed to the department up to the total amount of public assistance paid to or for the benefit of the persons for whom the support obligation was incurred. The department shall adopt rules as to the considerations to be made in the granting or denial of partial or total charge-off and offers of compromise of disputed claims of debt for support arrears.
The responsible parent owing a support debt may execute a written extension or waiver of any statute, including but not limited to RCW 4.56.210, which may bar or impair the collection of the debt and the extension or waiver shall be effective according to its terms.
Sec. 3. Section 82.32.340, chapter 15, Laws of 1961 as last amended by section 1, chapter 414, Laws of 1985 and RCW 82.32.340 are each amended to read as follows:
(1) Any tax
or penalty which the department of revenue deems to be uncollectible may be
transferred from accounts receivable((
, subject to approval by the director
of financial management,)) to a suspense account and cease to be accounted
an asset. Any item transferred shall continue to be a debt due the state from
the taxpayer and may at any time within twelve years from the filing of a
warrant covering such amount with the clerk of the superior court be
transferred back to accounts receivable for the purpose of collection. The
department of revenue may charge off as finally uncollectible any tax or
penalty which it deems uncollectible at any time after twelve years from the
date that the last tax return for the delinquent taxpayer was or should have been
filed if the department of revenue (( and the attorney general are)) is
satisfied that there are no (( available and lawful means by which such tax
or penalty may thereafter be collected)) cost-effective means of
collecting the tax or penalty.
After any tax or penalty has been charged off as finally uncollectible under the provisions of this section, the department of revenue may destroy any or all files and records pertaining to the liability of any taxpayer for such tax or penalty.
The department of revenue, subject to the approval of the state records committee, may at the expiration of five years after the close of any taxable year, destroy any or all files and records pertaining to the tax liability of any taxpayer for such taxable year, who has fully paid all taxes, penalties and interest for such taxable year, or any preceding taxable year for which such taxes, penalties and interest have been fully paid. In the event that such files and records are reproduced on film pursuant to RCW 40.20.020 for use in accordance with RCW 40.20.030, the original files and records may be destroyed immediately after reproduction and such reproductions may be destroyed at the expiration of the above five-year period, subject to the approval of the state records committee.
Notwithstanding subsection (1) of this section ((
and subject to the approval
of the office of financial management)), the department may charge off any
tax within its jurisdiction to collect that is owed by a taxpayer, including
any penalty or interest thereon, (( up to a maximum of one hundred dollars))
if the department ascertains that the cost of collecting that tax would be
greater than the total amount which is owed or likely in the near future to be
owed by, and collectible from, the taxpayer.
Sec. 4. Section 2, chapter 91, Laws of 1965 ex. sess. as last amended by section 6, chapter 283, Laws of 1987 and RCW 43.20B.030 are each amended to read as follows:
as otherwise provided by law, there will be no collection of overpayments
and other debts due the ((
state)) department after the
expiration of six years from the date of notice of such overpayment or other
debt unless the department has commenced recovery action in a court of law
or unless an administrative remedy authorized by statute is in place. However,
any amount due in a case thus extended shall cease to be a debt due the (( state))
department at the expiration of ten years from the date of the notice of
the (( underlying)) overpayment or other debt unless a
court-ordered remedy would be in effect for a longer period.
department, at any time, may accept offers of compromise of disputed claims or
may grant partial or total write-off of ((
overpayments or)) any
debt(( s)) due the (( state)) department if it is no longer
cost-effective to pursue. The department shall adopt rules establishing
the considerations to be made in the granting or denial of a partial or
total write-off (( and offers of compromise of disputed claims for
overpayments and debts due the state)) of debts.
NEW SECTION. Sec. 5. The following acts or parts of acts are each repealed:
(1) Section 71.02.400, chapter 25, Laws of 1959 and RCW 43.20B.365; and
(2) Section 44, chapter 75, Laws of 1987 and RCW 43.20B.625.