Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Local Government Meetings - June 3 and June 10

The Department of Revenue is holding its annual Local Government Partnership Meetings in Tumwater (June 3) and Moses Lake (June 10).

Attendance is free. A webinar is also offered for June 3 meeting. Presentation topics will include:

  • New legislation
  • Taxability of IT products and services
  • Update on Federal legislation
  • Local sales tax research 
  • New sales tax portal 

Space is limited. Register ASAP from this page.

Friday, May 15, 2015

Fast Enterprises named Replacement Systems provider

The state Department of Revenue (Revenue) has named Fast Enterprises as the Tax and Licensing Systems Replacement (TLSR) solution provider. Revenue director Vikki Smith signed the contract on April 30.

Work starts this June. Business Licensing will be the first service to roll out. It’s slated for summer 2016.

Fast Enterprises provides technology solutions for 21 states, and has implemented tax and licensing modules for a variety of cities, states, and national governments. Their browser-based solution will be configured for Revenue’s business needs. The company has reliably implemented on time and on budget.

Thursday, May 7, 2015

BLS Welcomes Kennewick!

Please welcome the City of Kennewick on Friday May 8, 2015, the largest city in Southeast Washington to Business Licensing Service! 

Kennewick is the 66th BLS city partner with approximately 4,000 licensed businesses. The city joins neighbors Richland and West Richland, as well as nearby Prosser and College Place in the partnership. We look forward to working with this city and its business community.

BLS is also implementing Server 2012. This is a large infrastructure change that affects how our data is transferred from system to system. While our systems are being updated our online application and renewals will not be available.  Customers will receive a system maintenance message.

Be aware that the Server 2012 updates are very significant changes. If you identify any issues please report them to Partnership Services, blsdorpartner@dor.wa.gov or (360) 705-6777 immediately.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Do not access BLS system with Google Chrome browser


Use only recent versions of Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox to access the BLS system via https://secureaccess.wa.gov.

Google's Chrome browser will no longer work for this access.

This change immediately impacts all BLS city partners and some BLS agency partners.

The state's technology service provider issued a bulletin today explaining that version 42.x of Google's Chrome browser is not compatible with the Host on Demand (HOD) client that is the gateway to the BLS system.

Check the version of Chrome by clicking the settings button at the upper right corner of the browser and then select "About Chrome."

Chrome Settings Button

About Chrome Screen for version 42.x