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Washington: City of Seattle Repeals Square Footage Business Tax for Periods after December 31, 2015

Jan 18, 2016
From KPMG TaxWatch

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On December 1, 2015, Seattle Mayor Edward Murray signed an ordinance repealing the City’s square footage business tax. In 2008, the City made significant changes to its business license tax regime (its B&O tax). To protect against a projected revenue loss from the modified B&O tax, the City implemented the square footage business tax to complement the B&O tax. The square footage tax included several credits designed to reduce the amount of square footage tax due for a taxpayer required to remit more under the current B&O tax regime than under the pre-2008 regime. To claim these credits, taxpayers were required to calculate Seattle revenue and tax due under both pre- and post-2008 B&O tax methodologies.

In the preamble to its ordinance repealing the square footage tax, the City indicated its desire to simplify the tax code and encourage economic activity and job growth in Seattle. The square footage tax will remain in effect for periods January 1, 2008 through December 31, 2015. For more information on Seattle Ordinance 124910, please contact Michele Baisler at (206) 913-4117.

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