2014 Tax Information
AWP bookfair exhibitors are responsible for complying with all applicable federal, state, and municipal regulations governing sales tax and collection, and, when required, for remitting sales tax in a timely manner.
UPDATE: Important City of Seattle Tax Information
The tax code in the City of Seattle is very complicated and despite receiving information from the tax office that exhibitors would need a Seattle Business License, AWP received a subsequent communication from the tax office stating that exhibitors will not need to pay for a Seattle license.
Although you need not buy a license, you still must register with the Washington Department of Revenue if you plan to sell anything at your exhibit.
If you purchased a Seattle Business License online, please send an email to email@example.com with your name, your organization, and the 6 digit customer service number (starting with a 7) that was issued at the time of purchase. I am collecting this information and the refunds will be processed by City of Seattle tax office.
Washington State Department of Revenue (WDOR) – Requires a Temporary Business License
If you conduct sales at your exhibit, you must register with the Washington Department of Revenue. There is no fee to register for a temporary business license. These licenses are valid for one calendar year starting January 1 and ending December 31.
To Register Online with the WDOR
An email confirmation with your UBI Number** (Unified Business Identifier) will be sent within 48 hours of registering. WDOR will send by mail the reporting form to be submitted after the bookfair closes.
**Your Unified Business Identifier (UBI) number is a nine-digit number linking your business to the Department of Revenue, the Business Licensing Service, and the Office of the Secretary of State and, if you have employees, the Departments of Employment Security and Labor and Industries. The number has accumulated several different names throughout the years. You may see or hear it referred to as a “registration number,” “DOR reporting number,” or “tax registration account number.” Your UBI number should be noted on all correspondence and information you submit regarding your business.