Thursday, April 2, 2020

King of Agriculture: Yakima grows regional commerce with combined licensing

The city of Yakima is home to nearly 100,000 residents and connects dozens
of agriculture-dependent communities in south-central Washington state.
The king of national hops production, a vital viticultural valley, and an economic powerhouse for fresh produce – the city of Yakima is all of these.

Today, Yakima is also the newest member of the state Business Licensing Service.

Yakima is the 11th largest city in Washington state and home to nearly 100,000 people. It's the largest city in south-central Washington and a hub of many communities along Interstate 82 that runs through the entire Yakima Yalley.

More than 30 grape varieties are grown in the
Yakima Valley's 45 square miles of vineyards.
The Yakima Valley is the 12th largest agricultural production area in the country with dozens of commodity crops starting their journey to market from regional fields, orchards, and vineyards.

With the BLS combined licensing solution now working across Yakima Valley communities, thousands of businesses are now better connected with the commerce that powers the region's staple and specialty crops that sustain millions of Americans.

Welcome, city of Yakima!




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More than a dozen communities from Ellensburg to the Tri-Cities are
connected as partners in the BLS combined licensing system.



Friday, March 27, 2020

CRITICAL UPDATE: All BLS licenses will not automatically terminate

BLS has temporarily suspended automatic
terminations of expired business licenses.
Partners 

Due to the impacts of Covid-19 on businesses, the state Business Licensing Service (BLS) will temporarily suspend automatically terminating expired license endorsements.


Most city and state BLS partners have established rules that any expired license endorsements are terminated after 120 days; some partners have a shorter timeframe. Due to the state of emergency, BLS is waiving late filing penalties under the Governor’s Proclamation 20-20 and will temporarily stop automatically terminating or closing all BLS license endorsements. For now, only a system operator or an authorized account user can terminate a license; if you need to terminate your endorsement on a business, you can.

This temporary change aligns with the Governor's executive actions to provide relief to businesses during the Covid-19 outbreak. It will give businesses more time to renew their licenses. 

BLS will announce when the automatic termination process will resume.

The Department of Revenue maintains updated business relief information at dor.wa.gov/taxrelief.  For statewide business relief information, please visit https://www.business.wa.gov/site/alias__business/1561/covid-19.aspx

~BLS Partnership Services


Tuesday, March 24, 2020

REPLY NEEDED: What is your process for customer calls?

Please email your current process for handling business
licensing phone calls to DORBLSPartner@dor.wa.gov

The Department of Revenue (DOR) along with other state agencies and municipalities have transitioned to telework during this time. DOR is still available to support businesses and direct them to the proper regulatory authorities for questions. Please help us to ensure our staff is directing these questions to the correct contact by answering the following:

What is your current process for customer calls regarding business licensing?


Please send your answer with the appropriate contact information to DORBLSPartner@dor.wa.gov.

We thank you for working with us during this difficult time in supporting businesses. Visit DOR’s website for up to date information on DOR’s plans for business relief during COVID-19.

Thursday, March 19, 2020

Named for an explorer, Clarkston is a business licensing trailblazer

The drawbridge over the Snake River connects
Lewiston and Clarkston.
More than 200 years ago, the Corps of Discovery blazed a trail along what is now called the Snake River. The present-day cities of Clarkston and Lewiston were founded on the river as namesakes honoring the captains of the Corps who explored the region for the young United States of America.

Today, the city of Clarkston is part of another historic enterprise as it links up with the state's premier combined licensing solution - the Business Licensing Service (BLS).

The city of 8,000 in southeast Washington is home to hundreds of independent businesses that will benefit from managing state registrations in the portal that supports local business licensing and state tax reporting. Clarkston joins regional neighbors Pullman and Walla Walla as BLS partners. The city of Yakima will join next month.

Welcome, Clarkston.

Lewiston and Clarkston on the Snake River.are the most inland seaports in the Western United States. Each is 320 miles east of the Pacific shoreline where the cities' explorer namesakes may have commented "Long time, no sea" way back in 1803. 



Revenue offers business relief during COVID-19 pandemic


The message below was sent to subscribers of Revenue's Local Government Partnership ListServ. 


These are unprecedented times and we recognize the profound impact this pandemic is having on everyone, especially businesses.

We are ready to do everything we can to help “businesses stay in business.” We will give customers extra grace during this state of emergency and work with business owners as much as possible.

Visit dor.wa.gov/TaxRelief for more information.

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Revenue offices closed through March 31; access services online and by phone


As of March 18, 2020, our public offices will temporarily close through March 31, 2020, to support the state’s efforts to fight the spread of the novel coronavirus. All of the in-person services provided at DOR offices are available online at dor.wa.gov.

Service available online and by phone


Taxpayers can apply or renew a license and update account information online.

We will continue to update our agency COVID-19 information page. Other resources for Washington state businesses and workers are online at http://business.wa.gov/covid-19.

Thank you in advance for your support in reducing the spread of the virus.



Revenue staff members are available to assist taxpayers online at dor.wa.gov and by phone at 360-705-6741. Hours of operation are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays.


~BLS Partnership Services

Thursday, March 12, 2020

Soap Lake adds combined licensing solution


Image result for soap lake logoThe city of Soap Lake today becomes the newest partner in the state's streamlined combined licensing solution - Washington's Business Licensing Service.

Soap Lake grew over many decades along with the reputation for the namesake lake because of the purported healing qualities of the mineral-rich water.

Soap Lake joins nearby Ephrata and Moses Lake along with more than 120 other communities statewide.

Welcome, Soap Lake!