Washington: Cooling Tax Relief for Wildfire Victims
- Jul 22, 2014 | Gail Cole
Eastern Washington is on fire. Wildfires sparked by lightning and spread by hot, dry weather and high winds are burning in 20 Eastern Washington counties. Flames spanning approximately 280,000 acres have consumed homes and taken at least one life. Entire communities have been evacuated. Ash is falling from blackened skies in certain areas.
Fire crews working to contain the blazes are making headway, aided in part by cooler temperatures. But damage has been done and the situation continues to be volatile. A State of Emergency has been declared.
This is no time to worry about taxes. The Washington State Department of Revenue therefore is offering filing extensions and late penalty waivers for business affected by the state of emergency. Extensions are also available for businesses renewing reseller permits and business licenses. Audits may also be rescheduled.