PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY
Subject of Possible Rule Making: WAC 458-20-238 Sales of watercraft to nonresidents.
Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 82.32.300.
Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: This rule explains the retail sales tax exemptions provided by RCW 82.08.0266 and 82.08.02665 for sales of watercraft to nonresidents. It also explains the use tax exemptions provided to nonresidents using watercraft in Washington by RCW 82.12.0251. The department has adopted the vessel registration requirements standards administered by the Department of Licensing for the purpose of determining the eligibility of nonresidents to claim the use tax exemption available for the "temporary" use of vessels within Washington. Amendment of this rule is necessary to incorporate chapter 83, Laws of 1997 (as modified by chapter 198, Laws of 1998) which extended the length of time nonresident individuals can use a vessel in Washington without having to register the vessel.
Other Federal and State Agencies that Regulate this Subject and the Process Coordinating the Rule with These Agencies: None.
Process for Developing New Rule: Modified negotiated rule making.
Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication. Written comments may be submitted by mail, fax, or at the public meeting. Oral comments will be accepted at the public meeting. A preliminary draft of the proposed changes is available upon request. Written comments on and/or requests for copies of the rule may be directed to D. Douglas Titus, Legislation and Policy, P.O. Box 47467, Olympia, WA 98504-7467, phone (360) 570-6112, fax (360) 664-0693.
Date and Location of Public Meeting: On June 6, 2000, at 1:30 p.m., Capitol Plaza Building, 4th Floor, #400, Large Conference Room, 1025 Union Avenue, Olympia, WA.
Assistance for Persons with Disabilities: Contact Ginny Dale no later than ten days before the hearing date TDD 1-800-451-7985, or (360) 586-0721.
May 3, 2000
Legislation and Policy Division