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Washington: Cooling Tax Relief for Wildfire Victims

  • Jul 22, 2014 | Gail Cole

 Wenatchee National Forest, in Eastern Washington.

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.

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Gail Cole
Avalara Author
Gail Cole
Gail Cole
Avalara Author Gail Cole
Gail began researching and writing about sales tax in 2012 and has been fascinated with it ever since. She has a penchant for uncovering unusual tax facts, and endeavors to make complex sales tax laws more digestible for both experts and laypeople.