Spirit Fee Reporting Guide


Electronic Reports
E-filed reports must be submitted electronically by 10:00 PM on the day that report is due.  E-filers must finish the payment transaction and receive a confirmation number in order for your WSLCB report submission to be complete.  We recommend submitting electronically at least one day prior to the due date to ensure completion of the e-payment process is submitted timely, should you need assistance.

Mailed Reports
Mailed reports must be postmarked on or before the due date to be considered on time.  To ensure a postmark date, you must go into the post office and make sure they date stamp the envelope. Paper forms must be submitted by mail with payment (if applicable) to:

Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board
Financial Division/Tax and Fee Unit
PO Box 3724
Seattle WA  98124-3724

Note: If there is no payment due, the report may be emailed to spiritfees@lcb.wa.gov.

A monthly penalty will be assessed on any fee payments postmarked after the due date. When the due date falls on a Saturday, Sunday, or a legal holiday, the filing must be postmarked by the U.S. Postal Service no later than the next postal business day.

Absent a postmark, the date received at the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board, or designee, will be used to determine if penalties are to be assessed.

Reporting Guide

In-State License Type Report Form Click to Download  Online Reporting Filing Frequency
Craft Distillery   Yes Annual
Distillery   Yes Annual
Retailer Receiving Direct Shipment LIQ-871 Yes Monthly
Spirit Distributor LIQ-161 Yes Monthly
Spirit Retailer LIQ-164 Yes Quarterly


Out-of-State License Type      
Spirit Authorized Representative and COA LIQ-162 Yes Monthly


Filing Due Dates

Monthly Reporting Period Due Date 2% Penalty Begins
January 02/21/2023 02/22/2023
February 03/20/2023 03/21/2023
March 04/20/2023 04/21/2023
April 05/22/2023 05/23/2023
May 06/20/2023  06/21/2023
June 07/20/2023 07/21/2023
July 08/21/2023 08/22/2023
August 09/20/2023 09/21/2023
September 10/20/2023 10/21/2023
October 11/20/2023 11/21/2023
November 12/20/2023 12/21/2023
December 01/22/2024 01/23/2024


Quarterly Reporting Period Due Date 1% Penalty Begins
Quarter 1 04/25/2023 04/26/2023
Quarter 2 07/25/2023 07/27/2023
Quarter 3 10/25/2023 10/26/2023
Quarter 4 01/25/2024 01/26/2024


Annual Reporting Period Due Date
 LIQ-1431 Form  01/25/2024


Amending a Previously Filed Report
If you find you have reported incorrectly, you must file an amended report for each month that needs corrected.

  • Spirit Fees: (360) 664-1732 or email spiritfees@lcb.wa.gov.
  •  The WSLCB will only honor request for credits/refunds dating back two calendar years prior to the year and month in which the refund request is made.
  • Our review does not prevent the WSLCB from assessing fees in the future. In addition, 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 three-year period and they must be made available for inspection if requested by an employee of the WSLCB.

To file an amended return:

  1. Submit a report for each reporting period to be corrected.
  2. At the top right-hand side of the form, check revised/correction report box and indicate the reporting period of correction.
  3. Report only changes to be made to your original report by either entering a positive number to account for the amount under reported on the original report or a negative number to account for the amount over reported on the original report.
  4. Calculate your totals for correction only.
  5. If additional fees are due, the amount must be remitted along with the corrected report, including any applicable late penalties on the balance due per month to:
    • Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board
      Financial Division/Tax and Fee Unit
      PO Box 3724
      Seattle WA  98124-3724
  6. If fees have been overpaid or there is no liability, you may submit the report as an attachment emailed to spiritfees@lcb.wa.gov.
  7. If fees have been overpaid, we will send a notification of the credit and it will be applied against your future fees.
  8. You may request a refund for credits greater than $10.

Record Keeping
All records (paper and electronic) must be kept for a period of three years. You may have retention requirements for other Washington agencies or to meet federal requirements. You may be required to provide paper copies during an audit.



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