Wednesday, March 14, 2018

ATLAS Rollout 2-Info Sharing: March 19 and March 26

ATLAS Rollout 2 adds new features and updates your security access process.

To help you get ready, BLS will host partner information sharing sessions.

Join by webinar on either of the next two Monday mornings.

#1 Agenda & WEBINAR LINK
9 a.m. to 10 a.m.
Monday, March 19, 2018

#2 Agenda & WEBINAR LINK
9 a.m. to 10 a.m.
Monday, March 26, 2018

Thursday, March 8, 2018

March 13: Application Processing Suspended One Week


Coming March 19, 2018, Revenue’s  Tax and Licensing Systems Replacement project completes its second phase. 

Taxpayers will be able to access tax account information and business license information in one location using My DOR.

During the transition, BLS staff will not be processing business license applications starting Tuesday, March 13, through the morning of Monday, March 19.

Our team is working very hard to advance all business license applications received up through Monday, March 12.

When we are able to start processing on March 19, our main focus will be the business license applications received in the prior week.

Thank you in advance for your patience.

~BLS Partnership Services

Monday, February 26, 2018

ATLAS Rollout 2 Launches March 19

On March 19, 2018, the Washington State Department of Revenue launches ATLAS Rollout 2 to integrate business license applications, renewals, and excise tax filings into one system, My DOR.

For business planning, please note: the BLS Partner Portal and My DOR will be unavailable from the evening of Friday, March 16, through the afternoon of Monday, March 19.

Notice was sent to customers with their license renewal reminder.

Avoid delays

Encourage your customers to go online and complete their Business License Application and/or renewal before 5 p.m. Friday, March 16. Online services resume on the afternoon of Monday, March 19.

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

City addendum form updated

We recently simplified and updated the City Addendum form to remove redundancies and add questions asking:

  • If the business qualifies for a fee exemption.
  • If the business qualifies for a small business endorsement.
  • Gross income at the business location.

Business license renewal notices will also ask for location gross income. The answer is required only for cities with income reporting requirements.

Application and renewal forms requested from the BLS Call Center (1-800-451.7985) or Business Licensing Wizard will include all required documents and fee instructions.

Thank you,

~BLS Partnership Services

Thursday, February 1, 2018

BLS February Update

Seasoned Service Leader Rejoins BLS

BLS is pleased to welcome back Katie Early, a seasoned licensing systems expert, as the Partnership Services Manager. Her appointment is effective February 1. Katie served as BLS Customer Service Manager for three years before accepting a leadership position at Department of Licensing in July.

She returns as Revenue rolls out the next phase of its tax and licensing system replacement and is poised to add more than 20 city partners in the next two years.

Katie is a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt ready to take on process improvement projects and lead her team of seven. She is a die-hard Seahawks fan and former Starbucks manager who internalized the coffee giant’s institutional values such as connecting to others with respect, being accountable, and delivering the best possible customer service.

Mukilteo joins as the 75th BLS city partner

A city of gentle hills, Puget Sound vistas, and a historical lighthouse, Mukilteo is the 75th city to connect its business registration program to the state Business Licensing Service.

The scenic city of 20,000 is west of Everett and connected to Whidbey Island by Washington State Ferries. It starts BLS partnership on February 1.

BLS city partner plan posted online

More than 20 new cities will be using BLS for their licensing programs by the end of 2019. The new onboarding schedule is the result of Engrossed House Bill 2005, approved in spring 2017.

Find the final plan at Partnership is prioritized for cities in queue prior to January 2017, as required by the legislation. BLS will update stakeholders of its plan progress in December.

BLS will issue a new city onboarding plan for 2020-2021 at the end of next year.

File taxes online with My DOR this spring

My DOR will be the secure portal for all online services for the Department of Revenue. For the first time, businesses will be able to access their tax and business licensing accounts with the same login starting this spring.

The Department’s current online service portal, called My Account, will be retired. Taxpayers will begin filing electronically and accessing their tax accounts in My DOR after March 19, 2018.

Friday, January 26, 2018

Ad hoc reports list 'Location Email'

 The “Location Email” field is now publishing to most ad hoc reports in ATLAS Partner Portal.

Some businesses will have blank Location Email fields in the ad hoc reports if the information was not required when the application or business information change was submitted. If provided, "Contact Email" may display within the system's Account and Customer screens. Those email addresses are not exported to ad hoc reports.

Reminder: Both email addresses and phone numbers are considered non-public fields. They may not be shared outside your regulatory program or municipal office.

Updated Reports –
  •       City Fire Department (city only)
  •        Partner All Status
  •        Partner Delinquent Endorsements
  •        Partner Incomplete endorsements
  •        Partner Pending Approvals
  •         Partner Licensee (city only)
  •        Partner Welcome
  •        Program Licensee (state agency only)

Thursday, January 18, 2018

BLS adds Pasco to connect all Tri-Cities' commerce

The city of Pasco today joins BLS as the 74th city partner in the state’s combined licensing solution. Kennewick and Richland are longtime partners along with many other southeast Washington cities.

Pasco is home to 70,000 residents at the convergence of the Snake and Columbia rivers, an area trailblazed by Lewis and Clark in 1805. Today, a series of bridges connect the Tri-Cities and more than 10,000 thriving businesses, which can now access local licensing services with BLS’s online offerings.

Cables on the Ed Hendler Bridge form iconic triangles over the Columbia River.
The so-called Intercity Bridge that connects Pasco with Kennewick is a well-known Tri-Cities landmark.