DEPARTMENT OF REVENUE
[Filed September 10, 2020, 11:00 a.m.]
Title of Rule and Other Identifying Information: WAC 458-02-200 Business licensing service—
Applications, licenses, renewals—
Posting, this rule provides information about business license application handling fees, renewal application handling fees, and late filing delinquency fees as described in chapter 19.02
Purpose of the Proposal and Its Anticipated Effects, Including Any Changes in Existing Rules: During the 2020 legislative session, SSB 6632 passed and changed the maximum amount of handling fees that may be charged by the department to process business license applications and business license renewal applications. The higher fees became effective July 1, 2020, so the department amended this rule through the emergency rule-making process. Language was also added to this rule to address ESB 5402, which also passed during the 2020 legislative session. This legislation allowed the department to waive or cancel the business license delinquency fee if the licensee failed to renew timely and it was due to an undisputable error or failure by the department. To make these updates permanent, the department is amending this rule through the expedited rule-making process.
Reasons Supporting Proposal: Taxpayers rely on WAC 458-02-200 to determine the fees they will be charged when submitting or renewing a business license. Updating this rule to provide the correct fee amounts will provide accurate information for these taxpayers.
Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 19.02.030
Rule is not necessitated by federal law, federal or state court decision.
Name of Proponent: Department of revenue, governmental.
Name of Agency Personnel Responsible for Drafting: Leslie Mullin, 6400 Linderson Way S.W., Tumwater, WA, 360-534-1589; Implementation and Enforcement: John Ryser, 6400 Linderson Way S.W., Tumwater, WA, 360-534-1605.
This notice meets the following criteria to use the expedited adoption process for these rules:
Adopts or incorporates by reference without material change federal statutes or regulations, Washington state statutes, rules of other Washington state agencies, shoreline master programs other than those programs governing shorelines of statewide significance, or, as referenced by Washington state law, national consensus codes that generally establish industry standards, if the material adopted or incorporated regulates the same subject matter and conduct as the adopting or incorporating rule.
Explanation of the Reason the Agency Believes the Expedited Rule-Making Process is Appropriate: The expedited rule-making process is appropriate for these rule updates because the department is incorporating changes resulting from 2020 legislation.
THIS RULE IS BEING PROPOSED UNDER AN EXPEDITED RULE-MAKING PROCESS THAT WILL ELIMINATE THE NEED FOR THE AGENCY TO HOLD PUBLIC HEARINGS, PREPARE A SMALL BUSINESS ECONOMIC IMPACT STATEMENT, OR PROVIDE RESPONSES TO THE CRITERIA FOR A SIGNIFICANT LEGISLATIVE RULE. IF YOU OBJECT TO THIS USE OF THE EXPEDITED RULE-MAKING PROCESS, YOU MUST EXPRESS YOUR OBJECTIONS IN WRITING AND THEY MUST BE SENT TO Leslie Mullin, Department of Revenue, P.O. Box 47467, Olympia, WA 98504-7467, phone 360-534-1589, fax 360-534-1606, email LeslieMu@dor.wa.gov, AND RECEIVED BY November 23, 2020.
September 10, 2020
AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 14-08-010, filed 3/20/14, effective 4/20/14)
WAC 458-02-200Business licensing service—Applications, licenses, renewals—Fees((—Posting)).
(1) Introduction.This rule provides information about business license application handling fees, renewal application handling fees, and late filing delinquency fees as described in chapter 19.02 RCW.
Information about ((the
)) individual licenses ((that
)) may be obtained from the business licensing service (BLS) of the department of revenue (((the
)) department) and
is available online at((: http://bls.dor.wa.gov/
(2) Definitions. The definitions in RCW 19.02.020 apply to this rule.
(3)What fee do I need to pay when applying for or renewing a license?Individual license fees vary depending on the license(s) for which you are applying or renewing. The fee payable is the total amount of all applicable individual license fees, business license application handling fees, renewal application handling fees, late filing delinquency fees, and other penalty fees((, and handling fees, and)). The method of payment may ((include))result in additional ((fees charged to cover))charges for credit or debit card processing((. Licensing fees vary depending on the license(s) for which you are applying or renewing)).
(((3)))(4)What does the department do with the fees? The department will distribute the fees received for individual licenses to the respective regulatory agencies. The application and renewal handling fees and the late filing delinquency fees support the operation of the BLS. Credit or debit card payment processing fees are charged and retained by a third-party payment processor.
(((4)))(5)When do I get my business license?((The))A business license will not be issued until the total fees((payable is))due are collected and all required information has been submitted. Some individual licenses require review and approval by the regulating authorities, and the business license will not be issued until the regulating authorities have approved them.
))(6)Can I get a refund?
The business license application handling fee
and renewal application
)) collected under RCW 19.02.075
are not refundable. The late filing delinquency fee under RCW 19.02.085 may not be waived or refunded unless the department determines that the licensee failed to renew a license by the business license expiration date due to an undisputable error or failure by the department that caused the late filing.
When a license is denied or when an applicant withdraws an application, a refund of any other refundable portion of the total payment will be made in accordance with the applicable licensing laws.
(((6)))(7)What are the ((handling)) fees? The business license application handling fee, renewal application handling fee, late renewal filing delinquency fee, and individual license fee amounts are as follows:
Type of ((handling)) fee:
Business license application ((filing))handling fee to open the first business location of a new business, or to reopen a closed business:
Business license application handling fee for an existing business adding a new business location or requesting a city's license endorsement for a nonresident business:
Business license application handling fee for any other purpose(s):
Business license renewal application ((filing))handling fee:
Late renewal filing delinquency fee:
Up to $150.00 per business location. See subsection (9)(b) of this rule.
Individual license fee:
Varies depending on type of license.
(((7)))(8)What should I do with my business license? The business license document must be displayed in a conspicuous place at the business location for which the license is issued.
(((8)))(9)Do I need to renew my business license?
(a) The various licenses endorsed and displayed on the business license may each have a requirement to be renewed periodically. The department ((will))may prorate the terms of individual licenses((issuance))and associated fees as ((appropriate))needed so that all requested licenses ((are renewed))on the account are due for renewal at the same time.
(b) Licenses requiring renewal must be renewed by the expiration date or the department will assess a delinquency fee. The delinquency fee is calculated according to RCW 19.02.085 and must be paid by the licensee before a business license is renewed. Other
regulatory agencies may also assess delinquency fees and/or penalties for late renewal, and may cancel the individual licenses for nonrenewal. Reissuance of individual licenses canceled for nonrenewal may require the filing of a new business license application.