Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Eastern Washington City Partner Workshop - June 11


Those of you attending the Department of Revenue Local Government Meeting on June 11 in Pasco are invited to be part of the BLS city partner workshop. It's a chance to hear updates about coming changes and get tips to help you get the most out of the BLS partnership.

RSVP HERE by Friday, May 30

Business Licensing Service
Eastern Washington City Partner Workshop
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm, Wed., June 11.
TRAC Center
Pasco, WA

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Systems Down Tonight


Our BLS applications and DOR tax information will be down overnight. It's routine system maintenance as our IT team applies critical security patches.

Systems down:

8:00 p.m. Tuesday through 6:00 a.m. Wednesday, May 21st.

Sorry for any inconvenience

Friday, May 16, 2014

New Requirement for BLS

Effective April, 2014, the business license will be held if a business applies as a domestic (Washington) entity that registers with The Office of the Secretary of State (SOS), profit corporations, LLC’s, nonprofit corporations etc. and they have not completed the SOS registration. In these cases the applicant will receive a request for information (RFI).

This change may cause concerns with your application summary (ARD). Some issues may include:

· Money being transferred to city accounts prior to getting the ARD

· ARDs reflecting $0.00
The money is still transferred to your account and reflects on your Account Financial Control Summary (AFCS). For reconciliation, compare the ARD to the AFCS that the money was received on.

We are aware of the issues this may cause, and are working on a solution.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

BLS Renewal Change

Changing in June, Profit Corporation and LLC annual report notices and most business license renewal forms will be replaced with a letter instructing them to renew online. If a paper form is needed, there will be instructions in the letter on how to obtain one through an automated phone system. This is to increase online filings.

The new renewal letter will look like this:

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Brandi Greene tapped to lead BLS Partnership Services

Brandi Greene,
team supervisor
Hello, my name is Brandi Greene. I am a 10-year veteran of the Business Licensing Service and will now be working for you as Partnership Services Supervisor.

Many of you may know me from my time in BLS operations, including leading the BLS Specialty Unit, which processes licenses for taxis, liquor sales, nurseries and dozens of other regulatory requirements.

I have many years of experience with the BLS system and as a team supervisor. I started work at Department of Licensing in 2003 when it was still called “Master License Service.” I moved to Revenue in 2011 when MLS became BLS. Since then, I have been at the center of many BLS projects, including the recent marijuana license implementation.

I joined Partnership Services last fall. Now, I’ll be an integral part of the recruitment efforts and customer service work with the team you know and (we hope) love – Karen, Linda, Angie. Eric is part of the team, but is working on a special unit to support the agency's Systems Replacement project, which will be phased in over the next five years.

The best way to reach all of us is still and (360) 705-6777. We are here to help you however we can.

Thank you, as always, for your partnership.


Monday, May 12, 2014

Procurement Process Continues for Revenue’s Tax and License Systems Replacement

Revenue’s Tax and License Systems Replacement will continue in the procurement phase for the remainder of 2014.
Proposals for a comprehensive replacement solution were due on May 5. Revenue received just one bid.

We have decided to cancel the current procurement process for the project in order to seek more responses to the Request for Proposal (RFP).

We will now work with the vendor community to solicit feedback on our procurement and debrief before moving to submit a new RFP, which is anticipated this fall. The next proposal evaluations are planned for the end of 2014.

We will update you throughout the year as we progress with our procurement efforts.

If you have questions, please direct them to BLS Partnership Services.