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Supreme Court’s sales tax ruling could boost Washington budget

Washington could get a boost in tax revenues worth hundreds of millions of dollars from a new Supreme Court ruling on collecting sales taxes from online purchases.

UPDATED: Fri., June 15, 2018

Spokane business owner ordered to repay $109,248 in sales tax stolen from the state

A Spokane business owner was convicted of first-degree theft and ordered to pay more than $100,000 in sales tax he stole from the state.

Marijuana sales top spending on wine and milk in Spokane County

Spokane County sold more than $5 million worth of legal marijuana for the month of March, the first time a monthly total has eclipsed that mark since legal sales began …

Tax exemption puts Spokane and county at odds

When city leaders encouraged Spokane voters to pass last year’s street levy, they promised that existing property tax rates wouldn’t change. Now that promise is in jeopardy.

Book of sketches possibly by Picasso sells for $112,500

KENMORE, Wash. – A sketchbook that might contain more than two dozen works of Pablo Picasso – or not – sold for $112,500 at an auction of abandoned items turned …

Time running out to claim safe deposit box contents

OLYMPIA — If you received a letter from the state about unclaimed safe deposit box contents that could be yours, you have to claim them by tomorrow.

Department of Revenue program holds unclaimed assets

OLYMPIA – Odds are that you or someone you know has money waiting at the state Department of Revenue, just a few computer key strokes away. The department’s main job …

State taking applications for marijuana licenses starting Monday

Sam Calvert has a dream of getting in on the ground floor of a historic change in retail commerce that begins Monday. But it’s a struggle, he acknowledged. “This is …

State auctioning off lost treasures

OLYMPIA – Nearly 3,000 items that someone locked away for safekeeping and either forgot about, or forgot to tell anyone else about, will be auctioned off this week for the …

Gregoire beefs up collection force for business taxes

OLYMPIA – Facing revenue shortfalls for the next 30 months, Washington state is making changes in its tax collecting agency to go after businesses that aren’t paying what they owe, …

Budget-patching soda tax starts today

That six-pack of diet soda will cost an extra 12 cents starting today. It’s possible you won’t pay it, but someone will.

Tourism taxes less than expected

Two Spokane groups are trying to deal with an unexpected decline in money from a countywide hotel-motel tax that increased last fall. Both the Spokane Regional Convention & Visitors Bureau …

Retail sales in Wash. dropped 11.6 percent in 3Q

The state Department of Revenue says taxable retail sales in Washington dropped to $26.4 billion in the third quarter of 2009. That’s a 11.6 percent drop from the same period …

Farmers markets put churches in quandary

OLYMPIA – State tax officials recently gave several Spokane-area churches an ultimatum: Stop running farmers markets in your parking lots or start paying tax on that land. “We have no …

Homeowners may ask state to defer property taxes

Homeowners worried about making property-tax payments this fall may ask the state to temporarily foot the bill, but it will cost them in interest. People with an annual household income …

WA retailers will need permit to avoid sales taxes

OLYMPIA — Thousands of Washington businesses will be affected by a change in the way sales taxes are collected, in an attempt by the Department of Revenue to recapture some …