Friday, May 22, 2015
City of Tacoma Offers Tax Amnesty Program
Registered and unregistered businesses in Tacoma can – from June 1, 2015 – June 30, 2015 – apply for this one-time program.
It waives penalties and interest on local City of Tacoma business tax and license fees that were due April 30, 2015 or prior, to include:
• Business and Occupation Taxes
• Private Utility Taxes (Telephone, Cellular, Cable, Solid Waste, Natural Gas, Electricity)
• Admissions Taxes
• Gambling Taxes
• Annual Business License Fees
• Regulatory License Fees
• Unreported Liabilities (excluding those that are a part of a bankruptcy proceeding where payment of business taxes or license fees would violate federal bankruptcy laws and civil penalties that have been sent to the City’s collection agency)
The program also waives 50 percent of civil penalties (excluding civil penalties that have been sent to the City’s collection agency).
The payment deadline is July 31, 2015.
For unregistered businesses, the “look-back” period is limited to four years in addition to the current year. By June 30, 2015, they must submit a completed Application for Registration and Business or Rental Business License. By July 31, 2015, they must pay all unreported tax and license fees due for 2011 through 2015 and 50 percent of any civil penalties due on their account. They must also submit any supplemental information required for regulatory licenses. Lastly, they must waive their right to seek a refund or challenge the amount of taxes paid under the program.
By July 31, 2015, registered businesses must pay all tax and license fees due, as well as 50 percent of any civil penalties due. They must also submit any supplemental information required for regulatory licenses and file and pay all tax returns on time during the amnesty period. This includes tax returns due May 31, 2015, June 30, 2015 and July 31, 2015. Lastly, they must waive their right to seek a refund or challenge the amount of taxes paid under the program.
More information is available at PayMyTacomaTax.org. Phone calls can be directed to 311 within Tacoma or (253) 591-5200 from anywhere else. Emails can be directed to TacomaAmnesty@cityoftacoma.org