Leaders seek input to simplify state tax system
January 31, 2011
NEW — 8 a.m. Jan. 31, 2011
The state Department of Revenue is in gathering ideas to simplify the tax system — and officials want input from residents.
The agency seeks ideas about how the state can simplify the tax system for small businesses. Officials launched a survey to collect input.
The department is soliciting tax-simplification ideas in response to a directive from Gov. Chris Gregoire.
The process includes meetings with stakeholders to gather information about the burdens and costs of complying with the tax system. The survey is intended to supplement the process and gather input from as broad a segment of the small business community as possible.
The department plans to present findings and recommendations to Gregoire by June 30.
Revenue Director Suzan DelBene said the goal is to lay a strong foundation for the private sector to grow and create family-wage jobs.
“Simplifying the tax code and reducing administrative burdens will save small businesses time and money and let owners and employees focus less on paperwork and more on their core business in this tough economy,” she said. “This will help small businesses in all of our communities to thrive and improve our entire state’s competitiveness.”
DelBene said Washington’s tax system can be complicated, with both state and local gross receipts taxes and sales taxes varying by location.