While the state of Washington doesn't have any individual or corporate income tax, most Washington businesses are subject to three major state taxes: (1) retail sales tax, (2) use tax, and (3) business and occupation (B&O) tax.
The state B&O tax is a gross receipts tax measured on the value of products, gross proceeds of sales, or gross income of your business. The B&O tax is levied on the person or company engaged in the business activity. It is not a tax imposed on the purchaser or consumer, as is the case with both sales and use taxes. Almost all businesses located or doing business in Washington are subject to the B&O tax, including corporations, partnerships, sole proprietors, and nonprofit corporations.
Our STATE AND LOCAL TAX SPECIALISTS blogs feature insights and commentary by experienced sales/use and B&O tax professionals. Our Washington State blogger is Rachel A. Le Mieux, CPA, CMI of Peterson Sullivan LLP, located in Seattle, WA. (Please see Rachel's bio page for additional details).
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