Cannabis Tax Reporting Guide

How to Create an Online Payment Request in CCRS
Click here for step-by-step instructions for creating an online payment request in CCRS. 
What can you do to avoid your account becoming past due?
  • Know your tax reporting and payment responsibilities (e.g. tax due date) by going to the section “Filing due dates“.
  • Mark your calendar with the tax due date and submit your report and payment before that date to avoid being assessed late payment penalties and to insure your payment is considered on time. 
  • We communicate primarily by email. Check your email and respond promptly to questions, missing report notices or send in your payment in upon receipt of our courtesy Balance Due Statement.
  • Keep your contact information (e.g. telephone numbers, mailing address and email) with the WSLCB current. Send an email to  with your UBI and license numbers, old information and new information. Call our customer service staff, (360)664-1600 Option 1, to confirm and update your information.

Statutory Rules and WAC’s 
Links to statutory rules and WAC’s governing excise tax percentage, monthly sales reports, filing date, late payment penalties and unpaid tax obligations.
Retail Licenses – Monthly Sales / Cannabis Excise Tax Reporting
Cannabis retail licensees are required to a Retailer Sales and Tax report their monthly sales, even if they have no sales, by the tax due date each month.  Your report and the collected Cannabis excise tax payment must be received, or postmarked if mailed, no later than the tax day each month to avoid the 2% late payment penalty.
Reporting sales / excise tax differences
If you collected more taxes than calculated from a cannabis buyer, you are required to either refund the amount to the buyer or report the over-collection using the Retailer Sales and Tax Form, cell 8, and submit the form and additional taxes to WSLCB by the tax due date of the following month.
Amending a Previously Filed Sales Report
To amend a previously submitted report - email the completed Retailer Sales and Tax Form to  Please note – we will only accept revised reports for the last 24 months of business.

The following information is required before we will start our review of the revised reports. 

  • The original report and supporting point of sale report. Write on the document "Original".
  • The revised post of sales report and supporting point of sale report. Check the box for "Revised Report".
  • Brief explanation for the revised report.

Once your information has been accepted, allow 10 business days for our review

The LCB Finance Auditors may be requested to review your report and documents before our Finance Tax and Fee division will accept a revised report. 

Reports / Payments

To be compliant, your monthly sales/tax report and payment are to be submitted on or before the tax due date using our Cannabis Retailer Sales and Tax Form. Your point of sale provider/integrator's monthly sales report will not satisfy this requirement. Your license can be suspended and/or revoked if you are not fully compliant.

  • Cannabis Retailer Sales and Tax Form
  • ACH payments / reports
    The date you submit your payment request to the the Bank’s payment portal (Retail Lockbox) is the payment date entered in our system. You are not able to “schedule your payment” in this system. Please email your completed report (Retailer Sales and Tax Form) to
  • Mailed reports and payments.
    Mailed reports must be post marked on or before the due date to be on time.  To ensure a postmark date, we suggest that you go into the post office and request they date stamp the envelope.  Please include a copy of your monthly sales/tax report when mailing your payment. You are not required to email your completed monthly sales/tax report, if you are mailing it with your payment.
  • Our mailing address is:
    Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board
    PO Box 3724
    Seattle WA 98124-3724.

The 2% late payment penalty will be accessed on the account balance after the tax due date.  When the due date falls on a Saturday, Sunday, or a legal holiday, the payment envelope must be postmarked by the U.S. Postal Service no later than the next business day.

Non-legible postmarks, postmarks that are difficult to read (light, blurred or incomplete), partially off the envelope so the date cannot be read, and received after the tax due date will be considered late and will be assessed a penalty. If the payment envelope does not have a post-mark date, the date received by the “LCB” is used. 

To insure your account receives credit for your payment please have your license number listed on the check, insure the number amount and the written legal line match and sign your check. We will return your check if the legal line is blank or not signed.  

Making your payment in person
In-person payments of checks, money orders, and cashier checks at the front desk are accepted Tuesday - Thursday (excluding holidays), from 8:00 AM to 4:50 PM. When paying in person, include a paper copy of your tax report with your payment. To avoid processing delays of your payment, please ensure your license number is on the check.
To pay in person by a means other than check, money order(s) or cashier check, an appointment is required and you must have an approved and active waiver.  Appointments are scheduled (at least 24 hours in advance) and only on the tax due date. Additional instructions are included in our monthly notice to those approved to pay using the payment room.
To Apply for a Cannabis Payment Waiver
Payments by means other than ACH / EPAY, checks, cashier’s check or money order requires an approved payment waiver.
  • Request for waivers are to be submitted in writing by email or USPS, along with copies of one of the following documents:
    •  Bank account application.
    • Bank account denial letter.
    • Bank account cancellation letter.
Other information that would support your inability to get a bank account. 
Your documentation must be dated within the last 90 days and if from a bank / credit union include their name and address. 
Waivers request can be by email to or standard mail to:
Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board
Financial Division
PO Box 3724
Seattle WA 98124-3724.
Waiver request take a minimum of three business days to process.  Waiver request received on the tax due date will be processed after the tax due date. 

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Record Keeping
Keep your paper and electronic records for a minimum period of six years (current year plus previous five years).  You may be required to retain records for longer periods to meet the requirements of other Washington agencies or to meet federal requirements.  
The tax and fee review does not prevent the WSLCB from assessing additional taxes in the future.  The agency reserves the right to review your complete business accounting records through its regular audit process.  You are required to keep your records on the licensed premises for a six-year period (current year plus prior completed five -years) and they be available for inspection if requested by an employee of the WSLCB.
WSLCB Cannabis Examiners
Send questions regarding changes to inventory, manifest, incorrect sales and transfers by email to the WSLCB Cannabis Examiners at or (360) 664-1614.
Cannabis Central Reporting System
Find up-to-date information on the CCRS
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