On April 25, the Washington Court of Appeals held that a company that arranges and manages displays for installation and placement in multiple retail brands’ stores through subcontractors was subject to the state’s retailing business and occupation tax (the “B&O tax”) and retail sales tax as a retailer making retail sales, rather than a provider

On April 12, 2022, the Administrative Review and Hearings Division of the Washington Department of Revenue released decision number 41 WTD 118 (originally issued on June 4, 2020), concluding that a company providing online account access services to credit unions was providing taxable digital automated services (DAS) and not data processing services which is excluded

On February 6, 2022, the Washington Department of Revenue’s Administrative Review and Hearings Division issued a determination concluding that a company providing a license to use data center space owes business and occupation (B&O) tax on the profits from the service. The taxpayer provides colocation services, which includes renting space in data center facilities for

The Washington Administrative Review and Hearings Division (the Division) of the Department of Revenue held that payments between affiliated entities could not be deducted from “gross income” subject to the business and occupation tax (B&O Tax). Each of the taxpayers, three affiliated entities falling under the same parent company umbrella with each providing investment management

On January 27, Washington Governor Inslee signed Washington HB 1732 and HB 1733 into law, which would delay the start of the long-term care program known as the Washington Cares Fund, just one day after the bills passed in the Washington legislature.

As signed, HB 1732 delays the implementation of the program by 18 months.

The Washington Court of Appeals recently issued a divided (2-1) decision in a case involving Washington’s “benefits received” test for apportioning service income.  The Court ruled that the “benefit” of an airplane design firm’s services were received in Washington, where the taxpayer’s direct customer, Boeing, manufactured the airplanes incorporating the taxpayer’s airplane designs, rather than

The Washington Department of Revenue recently released informal guidance regarding the taxability of online instructional classes. The guidance states that live classes where participants can interact in real-time with the presenter are not subject to sales tax; however, pre-recorded videos and classes are subject to sales tax. This distinction focuses on the live ability to

Addressing cross-motions for summary judgment from the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce and the City of Seattle, the Superior Court of Washington for King County held that the City’s new payroll expense tax, which applies to businesses that spend $7 million or more on payroll in Seattle, is constitutionally permissible.

On July 6, 2020, the