The Taxation & Revenue Department is considering a proposal to change administrative rules regarding the collection of the state's gross receipts tax. The rule change would implement a proportion-based approach to collection determined by the amount of business conducted within and outside the state's borders. It would affect all businesses, not just those related to advertising. The department held a hearing on the matter Jan. 11 and the comments for the official record will be accepted until Jan. 31.
A bill has been introduced in the state Senate banning the advertising of games of chance. The bill had an initial hearing Jan. 6, but no vote was taken. State ad clubs, broadcasters and newspaper organizations are opposing the measure.
Advertising was not among the 41 services Gov. William Janklow identified as possible sources of tax revenue at a news conference Jan. 17, though industry groups are closely monitoring the situation. The governor and Legislature are looking for ways to fund a property tax relief package and industry representatives believe an ad tax could be considered.
The Washington State Liquor Control Board met Jan. 16 to discuss restrictions on alcohol advertising. No formal proposals had been considered prior to the hearing and no action is expected at this time.