WA Department of Revenue is taking the following measures during the state of emergency to provide relief to all COVID-19 impacted businesses. These actions are in effect during the state of emergency (February 29, 2020, through the end of the state of emergency, yet to be determined). This action addresses a broad range of taxes: business and occupation tax, real estate excise tax assessments, and other taxes administered by the Department including tax deferrals for biotechnology and medical device manufacturing.
What if I am unable to file and pay my monthly, quarterly or annual return?
Upon request, the Department will provide extensions for filing and paying tax returns (even if the request is after the due date).
This only applies to returns that are due and not already paid during the state of emergency (Feb. 29, 2020, through the end of the state of emergency, yet to be determined).
- 60 days for monthly returns (this applies to the February 2020 and March 2020 returns at this time)
- 30 days for the Q1/2020 return
- 30 days for the Annual 2019 return
What if I need to, or have been, working with the Department on a collection related issue?
Revenue will delay issuing new compliance assessments for the next 30 days and reassess then. This delay includes tax warrants, notices of withhold and deliver, and revocations.
What if I have a payment plan with the Department?
Upon request, Revenue will work with taxpayers that are impacted by COVID-19 to adjust payment plan amounts or extend payment dates 30 to 60 days. If payment is extended, additional penalties and interest that would have normally accrued during the extension period will be waived.
What if I am scheduled for an audit or under audit right now?
- The Department will delay scheduling audits of businesses that have gross income of less than $5 million in the past year, or are a type of business specifically identified in the Governor’s proclamation, for 60 days. Revenue will reevaluate after this time.
- For audits in progress, Revenue staff will work with you to either issue the audit or provide an extension of up to 60 days based on your preference.
- Revenue staff will be flexible in scheduling audits of businesses and encourage electronic records to support social distancing
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