Friday, May 26, 2017

Register for Local Government Meetings in June

Revenue's Local Government Webpage

Department of Revenue conducts local government partnership meetings every June. The meeting provides an opportunity for all local governments to share information, connect with the department staff and peers, and help in planning of future tools to enhance local tax administration and communication. 

If you'd like to be invited to the Local Government Partnership Meetings, sign up for the local government partnership Listserv.

Western Washington
8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Wednesday, June 7, 2017
Department of Revenue Headquarters6400 Linderson Way SWTumwater, WA 98501
 Eastern Washington
8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Thursday, June 15, 2017
:Best Western Lake Front Hotel 3000 West Marina DrMoses Lake, WA 98837

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Updated Welcome file helps you track new businesses

Get instant lists of new businesses in town with the updated Partner Welcome file.

The file is in the Launchpad within the Atlas Partner Portal. It is easy to create on-demand with a date range set by the users.
Most cities run the Welcome report monthly, but the date range is adjustable
Many cities use this report to share monthly new business lists with the local chamber or other business groups. Reminder: Public disclosure rules still apply. Email addresses and phone numbers are nonpublic information. 

NSF or RFI status keeps account on-hold

Accounts with Non-Sufficient Funds (NSF) payments or with a Request for Information (RFI) cannot be changed from an On-Hold status until the account issue is satisfied.

The [Change] button on the Account level screen of ATLAS Partner Portal is not visible until the customer has settled issues by making payments or updating information at 1-800-451-7985.

Friday, May 12, 2017

Change to Vehicle Wholesaler Endorsement

The vehicle wholesaler endorsement will no longer be available as a new endorsement starting Monday, May 15. This is only for new applications, businesses that currently have this endorsement will be able to renew until July 1, 2018. 

This is due to House Bill (HB) 1722. There is more information located at in the Important Information box. 

~BLS Partnership Services 

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

May 2017 Partner Update

Partners –

Warmer weather is coming our way. So, too, is the one-year anniversary of the ATLAS rollout.  We have made improvements since June, including online staff training, faster application processes, and improved reporting for partners. Thank you for your continued support.

BLS set to add city partners over next five years

Lawmakers approved EHB 2005 to bring more cities into BLS partnership. The unanimously approved bill directs all cities issuing general business licenses to combine local licensing with BLS or other existing solutions.

Business groups and cities supported the effort following a 2016 Revenue-led task force. The Association of Washington Cities summarized the bill’s effects on its website.

City of Interest report supports your compliance work

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) integration with the ATLAS Partner Portal is reaping new partner benefits. Businesses with your city as the location address but without a valid city endorsement are now easier to identify.

The City of Interest report now has improved phone and email address data for the first time. The report also lists nonprofits and exempt businesses, in addition to general businesses. The report includes historical data, so some locations out of city limits will be returned.

Even with the improvements, it is best to review the report and validate addresses before using it for mailings.

City partners can find the City of Interest report in the Partner Portal Launchpad list.

City of Interest is near the bottom of your ATLAS Partner Portal Launchpad

Reminder: Local Government meetings in June

Local government meetings are your chance to hear from Revenue managers about legislation and enhancements to local tax and licensing administration. Register now for meetings in Tumwater and Moses Lake

Topics include:

  • - Taxability of IT Contracts
  • - Reporting Unclaimed Property
  • - Legislative update
  • - Partnering with Business Licensing Service (BLS)

Licenses revert to ‘pending’ when liquor sales location changes

Due to a recent implementation for online change of location applications that have existing liquor licenses, you may receive work items to approve with your endorsement in a “pending” status. These will have a new location ID and a reason code status of “physical address change.”

~BLS Partnership Services 

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

April 2017 Partner Update

 Hail to the (new) Chief!

Patti Wilson
Veteran Revenue manager Patti Wilson now leads your BLS Partnership Services Team. Many of you know Patti from her tenure as a Local Government Liaison and Customer Service Advocate for the Department among other titles held in her 28 years of public service. Her temporary assignment to Business Licensing ends late this year. Outgoing team supervisor Brandi Greene has moved to the BLS Testing Team to support improvements to the ATLAS system.

Please join us in welcoming Patti to our team!

Denise Ceja

Greetings, Denise and Kim!

The Partnership Services Team is adding new experts to serve you. Both are seasoned members of the BLS Specialty Team who start their new jobs on April 17.

Denise Ceja moves to the Partnership team after working for the past two years as the BLS Specialty Unit Supervisor. She joined BLS in May 2014 and has more than 10 years of customer service experience. Her attention to detail and willingness to take on challenges has earned her the respect of her peers and customers.
Kim Morgan

Kim Morgan has been working in customer service for nine years. After starting with BLS in February 2016, managers named her as a team lead with the Specialty unit last fall. She has a quick wit, is a fast learner, and an ATLAS expert ready to assist city and state agency staff.

Register for Local Government meetings in June

Revenue sponsors and conducts local government partnership meetings once a year in June. The meeting provides an opportunity for all local governments to share information, connect with the department staff and peers, and discuss future enhancements to local tax and BLS partnership administration and communication. The next meetings will be in Tumwater and Moses Lake. Check out to register.

Tumwater - Wednesday, June 7, 2017
8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Department of Revenue Headquarters
6400 Linderson Way SW
Tumwater, WA 98501

Moses Lake - Thursday, June 15, 2017
8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Best Western Lake Front Hotel
3000 West Marina Dr.
Moses Lake, WA 98837

Legal Name Change report now available by program

More is better when it comes to reports available via ATLAS Partner Portal. The Legal Name Change report is available to create ad hoc lists by date range. The report now allows a breakdown for each program or division at state agencies that partner with BLS. The narrower focus helps collect precise data and runs reports faster.

The Licensee file renamed and streamlined

The city Licensee report provides an instant report of all businesses with your local endorsement. The file contains the same fields in the same order as previous versions of the reports. We will rename it “City Licensee” instead of Partner Licensee to distinguish it from the Program Licensee report that tallies endorsements for state agency programs and has added fields.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

DOL Professions customer service moves April 17

Department of Licensing professions license customer service is moving to:

6135 Martin Way E, Lacey, WA
Hours: 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.
Parking is available in front of the building


The DOL change is effective Monday, April 17.  The change does not affect the Business Licensing Service, a unit of the Department of Revenue.

DOL professions licenses include:

  • Sellers of Travel
  • Auctioneers/Auction Companies
  • Cosmetology, Hair Design, Barber, Esthetics, Manicuring
  • Tattoo, Body Art, Body Piercing, Permanent Cosmetics
  • Court Reporter
  • Combative Sports (Boxing, Martial Arts, Wrestling)
  • Prorate and Fuel Tax
  • Public Protection (Firearms, Bail Bonds, Security Guards, Private Investigators)