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An update from the Washington State Department of Revenue – August 2020

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My DOR upgrade coming Sept. 15

The Department of Revenue is upgrading its online Business Licensing and Tax system, My DOR. This upgrade introduces a:

·       More mobile-friendly look and feel (take a peek!)

·       New Action Items list that directs your attention to important tasks specific to your account

·       New feature to access returns and payments across business accounts

·       New self-service option to set up a payment plan

What is NOT changing?

·       Your user ID and password will not change because of this upgrade.

·       Previously filed tax return and license information will still be available.

·       The format of tax returns will be the same.

What you need to know

·       My DOR will not be available from Saturday, Sept 12, at 8:00 a.m. to Tuesday, Sept 15, at 8:00 a.m.

Revenue will host a series of free live webinars starting Sept 17. Continuing education credit is also available. For more information including a complete schedule, visit dor.wa.gov/myDORwebinars

DOR offices remain closed, staff are ready to help

Our offices are closed, but our team is working remotely and ready to serve you. Most in-person services provided at DOR offices are available online and we encourage businesses to take advantage of these services. Our call center agents are also ready to assist by phone or chat. Get contact information at dor.wa.gov/ContactUs.

Small Business Requirements and Resources – COVID-19 Impact webinar

Join the departments of Revenue, Employment Security, Labor and Industries, Health, Enterprise Services, and Commerce and as they provide a quick overview of some of the state’s response, resources, and other information for small businesses. You’ll also learn about:

  • General workplace safety and health requirements, including employee and customer face masks.
  • Food establishment safety and reopening guidelines.
  • Workers’ compensation insurance impacts and premium reporting.
  • Paid Sick Leave, and Family and Medical Leave.
  • Dept. of Revenue tax returns and outstanding balances.
  • Unemployment impacts – pandemic unemployment benefits, job search, return to work, and refusal to work.
  • US Small Business Administration PPP and EIDL loan updates.
  • And more...

For dates, times, and to register go to dor.wa.gov/SBRR.


Taxability of federal pandemic assistance

Many businesses are receiving federal financial assistance to cope with the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and wondering whether they owe business and occupation (B&O) tax on the amounts received (including small-business loan forgiveness). Visit Federal Financial Assistance Regarding COVID-19 to learn more.


Voluntary disclosure program temporarily expanded


The Department of Revenue is temporarily expanding the eligibility criteria for the Voluntary Disclosure Agreement (VDA) Program, effective July 15, 2020 through Nov. 30, 2020.

Learn about the requirements, benefits, and the application process at dor.wa.gov/VoluntaryDisclosureProgram.


The Retirement Marketplace announces a new financial services provider

The Department of Commerce is pleased to announce Aspire Capital Advisors, LLC as its newest financial service provider offering retirement products on the Retirement Marketplace. The Retirement Marketplace makes it easy to compare low cost, affordable plans. It’s a one-stop, easy-to-use website that helps small business owners and individuals comparison shop for retirement savings plans.

All plans on the Retirement Marketplace are from private financial firms that the Department of Financial Institutions has verified as meeting stringent eligibility requirements. Plans have no administrative fees to employers, a significant value for small businesses, and an individual’s account balance is charged no more than 1% in total annual fees, or $10 a year for a $1,000 balance.

Visit www.retirementmarketplace.com to explore options for your business or yourself and help spread the word about this valuable resource in your community.

Did you close your business? Let us know

If you are no longer doing business, you can close your account one of the following ways:


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