Thursday, February 21, 2013

Secrecy Clause Reminder

Greetings Partners,

It's federal tax season. That means it's also a perfect time to brush up on our state Secrecy Clause requirements.

The Secrecy Clause, RCW 82.32.330, is the law that prohibits public employees from disclosing tax information about specific taxpayers to unauthorized people. This law also defines the circumstances documents may be disclosed and to whom.

All tax and tax return information is confidential and not disclosable to the public and without the taxpayer’s permission or other statutory authorization.

When you partnered with Business Licensing Service (or Master License Service), you signed a Secrecy Clause Affidavit. By signing the affidavit, you acknowledged that you would protect the confidentiality of taxpayer records.

Our department and our staff pride ourselves on protecting the confidentiality of taxpayer information. We know you will continue keep the promise of the Secrecy Clause to protect businesses from having their confidential information disclosed.

Thank you,

~BLS Partnership Services

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

DOR and BLS Websites Down Beginning Night of Feb 19.

Hello Partners!

The DOR and BLS websites will be down tonight, Tuesday, February 19, beginning at 8:00 pm until 6:00 am, Wednesday, February 20.

Thank you and enjoy you day!

~BLS Partnership Services

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Dept of Revenue Closed for President's Day

Happy Presidents Day, Partners!

Dept of Revenue will be closed Monday, February 18, 2013, for Presidents Day.

In the meantime, drop by our website for all your
Business Licensing Needs.

Wishing you all a safe and happy weekend!

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

ARDs - No more empty files

BLS Partners --

Good news! Starting Monday, we're offering more by giving you less.

You will no longer receive "empty" ARD files in your (Tumbleweed Secure Transport) folders.

We will continue to send you email notifications stating "0" when no ARDs were processed for that day. But there will be no "empty" document or file related to that notification in secure folders.

All files in your SFT folders will continue to be auto-deleted after 13 days.

We hope this makes tracking your files and documents simpler and more accurate.

~BLS Partnership Services

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

E-Check is $aving Partners Thou$and$


We're pleased to announce a very positive trend that capped off 2012 for our partnership.

 We told in you in May that we had added E-Check as a payment option for applications and renewals.

Today, we're updating you with some cold calcuations that may warm your hearts.

From mid-May through December 2012, BLS processed 156,081 transactions.
Of that total, 43,455 were paid by E-Check (with no credit card processing costs passed on to partners).

The growth was very fast and quite positive, with about 30% of transactions paid by E-Check since it was first offered.

More than $3.8 million of the total $12.9 million processed was paid by E-Check. That saved BLS and its partners about $95,000 in total processing fees. We'll continue our work to serve you better by saving you money!

Here's a look at the 2012 numbers: 
% of E-Check Transactions in 2012

Dec -- 34%
Nov -- 32%
Oct -- 35%
Sept -- 33%
Aug -- 30%
July -- 27%
June -- 26%
May -- 17%