The Department of Revenue has issued the following Excise Tax Advisory (ETA): ETA 2020.08.129 Automobile Towing and Roadside Assistance Activities.
Under RCW 82.04.050 (2)(e), the sale of or charge made for labor and services rendered in respect to "automobile towing and similar automotive transportation services" is a retail sale. This ETA provides information about the meaning and taxability of "automobile towing and similar automotive transportation services." This advisory also provides information about the taxability of roadside assistance activities that may be performed by towing companies.
A copy of this document is available via the internet at http://www.dor.wa.gov/content/laws/eta/eta.aspx or a request for copies may be directed to Roseanna Hodson, Interpretations and Technical Advice Unit, P.O. Box 47453, Olympia, WA 98504-7453, phone (360) 570-6119, fax (360) 586-5543.
Alan R. Lynn