82.13.010  <<  82.13.020 >>   82.13.030

Notice and reporting requirements.

(1) Except as otherwise provided in subsection (5) of this section, a seller that does not collect the tax imposed under chapter 82.08 or 82.12 RCW on a taxable retail sale must comply with the applicable notice and reporting requirements of this section. For taxable retail sales made through a marketplace facilitator, or other agent, the marketplace facilitator, or other agent must comply with the notice and reporting requirements of this section, and the principal is not subject to the notice and reporting requirements of this section with respect to those sales. If the referrer makes an election to comply with the applicable notice and reporting requirements of this section, marketplace sellers to whom a referral is made by the referrer remain subject to the applicable notice and reporting requirements under this section for their sales unless the marketplace sellers collect the tax imposed under chapter 82.08 or 82.12 RCW on taxable retail sales sourced to this state under RCW 82.32.730.
(2)(a) A seller, other than a referrer acting in its capacity as a referrer, subject to the notice and reporting requirements of this section must:
(i) Post a conspicuous notice on its marketplace, platform, web site, catalog, or any other similar medium that informs Washington purchasers that:
(A) Sales or use tax is due on certain purchases;
(B) Washington requires the purchaser to file a use tax return; and
(C) The notice is provided under the requirements of this section; and
(ii) Provide a notice to each consumer at the time of each retail sale. The notice under this subsection (2)(a)(ii) must include the following information:
(A) A statement that neither sales nor use tax is being collected or remitted upon the sale;
(B) A statement that the consumer may be required to remit sales or use tax directly to the department; and
(C) Instructions for obtaining additional information from the department regarding whether and how to remit the sales or use tax to the department.
(b) The notice under (a)(ii) of this subsection (2) must be prominently displayed on all invoices and order forms including, where applicable, electronic and catalog invoices and order forms, and upon each sales receipt or similar document provided to the purchaser, whether in paper or electronic form. No indication may be made that sales or use tax is not imposed upon the transaction, unless:
(i) Such indication is followed immediately with the notice required by (a)(ii) of this subsection (2); or
(ii) The transaction with respect to which the indication is given is exempt from sales and use tax pursuant to law.
(3) A referrer subject to the notice and reporting requirements of this section must:
(a) Post a conspicuous notice on its platform that informs Washington purchasers:
(i) That sales or use tax is due on certain purchases;
(ii) That the seller may or may not collect and remit retail sales tax on a purchase;
(iii) That Washington requires the purchaser to file a use tax return if retail sales tax is not assessed at the time of a taxable sale by the seller;
(iv) That the notice is provided under the requirements of this section;
(v) Of the instructions for obtaining additional information from the department regarding whether and how to remit the sales or use tax to the department; and
(vi) That if the seller to whom the purchaser is referred does not collect retail sales tax on a subsequent purchase by the purchaser, the seller may be required to provide information to the purchaser and the department about the purchaser's potential sales or use tax liability.
(b) The notice under (a) of this subsection (3) must be prominently displayed on the platform and may include pop-up boxes or notification by other means that appear when the referrer transfers a purchaser to a marketplace seller or an affiliated person to complete the sale.
(4)(a) A seller, other than a referrer acting in its capacity as a referrer, subject to the notice and reporting requirements of subsection (2) of this section must, no later than February 28th of each year, provide a report to each consumer for whom the seller was required to provide a notice under subsection (2)(a)(ii) of this section.
(b) The report under this subsection (4) must include:
(i) A statement that the seller did not collect sales or use tax on the consumer's transactions with the seller and that the consumer may be required to remit such tax directly to the department;
(ii) A list, by date, generally indicating the type of product purchased or leased during the immediately preceding calendar year by the consumer from the seller, sourced to this state under RCW 82.32.730, and the price of each product;
(iii) Instructions for obtaining additional information from the department regarding whether and how to remit the sales or use tax to the department;
(iv) A statement that the seller is required to submit a report to the department pursuant to subsection (6) of this section stating the total dollar amount of the consumer's purchases from the seller; and
(v) Any information as the department may reasonably require.
(c)(i) The report required under this subsection (4) must be sent to the consumer's billing address or, if unknown, the consumer's shipping address, by first-class mail, in an envelope marked prominently with words indicating important tax information is enclosed.
(ii) If no billing or shipping address is known, the report must be sent electronically to the consumer's last known email address with a subject heading indicating important tax information is enclosed.
(5)(a) A referrer subject to the notice requirements under subsection (3) of this section must, no later than February 28th of each year, provide notice to each marketplace seller to whom the referrer transferred a potential purchaser located in Washington during the previous calendar year.
(b) The notice under this subsection (5) must include:
(i) A statement that Washington imposes a sales or use tax on retail sales;
(ii) A statement that a seller, meeting the threshold in RCW 82.08.053(2), is required to either collect and remit retail sales or use tax on all taxable retail sales sourced to this state under RCW 82.32.730 or to comply with this section; and
(iii) Instructions for obtaining additional information from the department.
(c) By February 28th of each year, a referrer required to provide the notice under this subsection must provide the department with:
(i) A list of sellers who received the referrer's notice under this subsection. The information must be provided electronically in a form and manner required by the department.
(ii) An affidavit signed under penalty of perjury from an officer of the referrer affirming that the referrer made reasonable efforts to comply with the applicable sales and use tax notice and reporting requirements of this section.
(6)(a) A seller, other than a referrer acting in its capacity as a referrer, subject to the notice and reporting requirements of this section must, no later than February 28th of each year, file a report with the department.
(b) The report under this subsection (6) must include, with respect to each consumer to whom the seller is required to provide a report under subsection (4) of this section by February 28th of the current calendar year:
(i) The consumer's name;
(ii) The billing address and, if different, the last known mailing address;
(iii) The shipping address for each product sold or leased to such consumer for delivery to a location in this state during the immediately preceding calendar year; and
(iv) The total dollar amount of all such purchases by such consumer.
(c) The report under this subsection (6) must also include an affidavit signed under penalty of perjury from an officer of the seller affirming that the seller made reasonable efforts to comply with the applicable sales and use tax notice and reporting requirements in this section.
(d) Except for the affidavit, the report under this subsection (6) must be filed electronically in a form and manner required by the department.
(7) A seller who is registered with the department to collect and remit retail sales and use tax, and who makes a reasonable effort to comply with the requirements of RCW 82.08.050 and 82.12.040, is not required to provide notice or file reports under this section.
(8) Every seller subject to this chapter must keep and preserve, for a period of five years, suitable records as may be necessary for the department to verify the seller's compliance with this chapter. All of the seller's books, records, and invoices must be open for examination at any reasonable time by the department. The department may require the attendance of any officer of the seller or any employee of the seller having knowledge pertinent to the department's investigation of the seller's compliance with this chapter, at a time and place fixed in a subpoena issued under RCW 82.32.117, and may take the person's testimony under oath.
(9) In exercising discretion in enforcing the provisions of this chapter, the department may take into consideration available resources, whether the anticipated benefits from any potential enforcement activities are likely to exceed the department's expected enforcement costs, and any other factors the department deems appropriate.

NOTES:

Application2017 3rd sp.s. c 28: "The tax collection, reporting, and payment obligations imposed by this act apply prospectively only." [ 2017 3rd sp.s. c 28 § 604.]
Effective dates2018 c 92; 2017 3rd sp.s. c 28: "(1) Except as otherwise provided in this section, this act is necessary for the immediate preservation of the public peace, health, or safety, or support of the state government and its existing public institutions, and takes effect immediately.
(2) Sections 101 through 106 of this act are necessary for the immediate preservation of the public peace, health, or safety, or support of the state government and its existing public institutions, and take effect August 1, 2017.
(3) Section 213 of this act is necessary for the immediate preservation of the public peace, health, or safety, or support of the state government and its existing public institutions, and takes effect July 23, 2017.
(4) Part III of this act is necessary for the immediate preservation of the public peace, health, or safety, or support of the state government and its existing public institutions, and takes effect July 1, 2017.
(5) Sections 107 through 109 and 502 of this act take effect January 1, 2018." [ 2018 c 92 § 2; 2017 3rd sp.s. c 28 § 605.]
Retroactive application, amending effective dates of section 605, chapter 28, Laws of 2017 3rd sp. sess.2018 c 92: "Chapter 92, Laws of 2018 applies both retroactively to August 1, 2017, and prospectively." [ 2018 c 92 § 3.]
Tax preference automatic expiration date exemption for section 2, chapter 92, Laws of 2018, amending effective dates of section 605, chapter 28, Laws of 2017 3rd sp. sess.2018 c 92: "Chapter 92, Laws of 2018 is exempt from the provisions of RCW 82.32.805(1)(a)." [ 2018 c 92 § 4.]
Effective date for amendment to effective dates in section 605, chapter 28, Laws of 2017 3rd sp. sess.2018 c 92: "Chapter 92, Laws of 2018 is necessary for the immediate preservation of the public peace, health, or safety, or support of the state government and its existing public institutions, and takes effect immediately [March 15, 2018]." [ 2018 c 92 § 5.]
FindingsIntent2017 3rd sp.s. c 28 §§ 201-214: See note following RCW 82.08.053.
Existing rights and liabilitySeverability2017 3rd sp.s. c 28: See notes following RCW 82.08.053.
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