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Revenue offers free webinar about taxes for businesses

Business owners in Washington have many responsibilities, including knowing which taxes they must report. To help reach more businesses statewide, the Washington State Department of Revenue (Revenue) will host on July 30 a free live webinar for new and small business owners.

In offering these live webinars, Revenue aims to make it easier for small businesses to participate.

“We’ve offered in-person workshops for a number of years, and offering online webinars will make it easier for small businesses to fit a workshop into their busy schedules,” Revenue Director Carol K. Nelson said.

Date: Wednesday, July 30, 2014 – Time: 10 – 11 a.m.

Registration: Send an email to NBOWebinar@dor.wa.gov with the following:

  • Your name
  • Company name
  • Phone number
  • E-mail address

The deadline to register is Friday, July 25, 2014.

Participants will learn about Washington excise taxes, reporting classifications, deductions, sales tax collection and record-keeping requirements. The webinar facilitator will answer specific questions related to your business at the end of the webinar.

The Revenue website at www.dor.wa.gov/Workshops offers a complete schedule of in-person business workshops held around the state and short video versions of the workshops.

Grant Funding for Northwest Agricultural Marketing and Sales

Need funding for some new marketing initiatives or other projects that will increase sales? Grants for business improvement projects are available through the Northwest Trade Adjustment Assistance Center, a nonprofit that has been working with agricultural businesses and manufacturers for over 30 years.

Visit their website, www.nwtaac.org, to meet some of the businesses that have taken advantage of this grant funding. Or call NWTAAC to see if your company is eligible, 1-800-667-8087.

Public meeting July 22 about water quality standards

The Department of Ecology will hold a public meeting on July 22, 2014 to outline its next steps to update the water quality standards for human health criteria and implementation tools, following Gov. Inslee’s directive issued July 9, 2014. This meeting will only cover the Water Quality Standards part of the Governor’s Directive.

Meeting information here: http://www.ecy.wa.gov/programs/wq/swqs/Currswqsruleactiv.html

Ecology’s Water Quality Program has been in the process of developing human health criteria rulemaking materials and preparing draft rule language in preparation for the formal rulemaking, called the CR 102. Because this rule is of critical importance to the entire state, Governor Jay Inslee has provided direction to Ecology as it works to update the state’s water quality standards. The Governor’s approach is described in a Policy Brief issued July 2014. Ecology is committed to providing a preliminary draft rule no later than September 30, 2014.