Guidance - All Licensees

Applies to All Businesses:

Verifying Customer Age
The Liquor and Cannabis Board (LCB) is providing the below general guidance in response to industry questions about checking ID, customers wearing masks in retail stores, licensees handling customer IDs and other special circumstances brought about by social distancing recommendations in light of COVID-19. These are ideas of how to mitigate risk while maintaining compliance and potential best practices. They should not be considered legal advice from the LCB.  To view, please click here.

Taxes, Fees and Penalties
On March 24, Governor Inslee signed Proclamation 20-26 which allowed LCB to waive the penalties for failure to timely remit tax payments.  This waiver, which was initially for 30 days, was extended first by the governor and then again by the legislature.  The latest update to this proclamation, 20-26.3 establishes June 17 as the end of the waiver of mandatory assessment of penalties for late payment.  As such, taxes and fees due after that date will again be subject to mandatory assessment of penalties.

Licensees who have concerns about their ability to pay timely should contact the LCB Tax and Fee unit to discuss their particular situation.  Based on your license type you should contact:

All spirit fee licensees, wineries and breweries can make payment by e-check through our systems. Cannabis retailers can make e-check payments through their third party vendors. We are also accepting checks and money orders by mail. We understand this is a very challenging time for many of our licensees. We hope this helps.


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