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Washington: Higher Penalties for Late Tax Payments


 If you miss it, you'll pay more.

Money motivates. If it hurts to pay bills, it hurts even more to pay late fees on top of those bills. That’s why businesses as diverse as parking garages, credit card companies, and state departments of revenue impose penalties on late payments.

In Washington State, the penalty for late tax payments is about to go up. Beginning August 1, 2015, taxpayers whose returns and payments are not received by the due date will pay the following penalties:

  • 9% for payments received between one day after the due date and the last day of the month following the due date. Previously 5%.
  • 19% for payments received between the first day of the second month following the due date and the last day of that month.Previously 15%.
  • 29% for payments received the first day of the third month and thereafter.Previously 25%.

See the department’s Special Notice, Late Payment Penalties Increase, for additional information.

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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.