State reminds medical-pot firms to pay taxes, past and present

The Seattle TimesJanuary 2, 2014 

The state is reminding medical-marijuana businesses they must pay taxes, and plans to collect back taxes from roughly 300 businesses that haven’t apparently paid any.

The Department of Revenue (DOR) expects to send letters Friday to dispensaries, “medible” makers, and other businesses emphasizing that taxes apply to their transactions.

The department believes about 500 registered businesses are now paying taxes.

That number — after a more thorough search — represents a big increase over previous DOR reports. Spokeswoman Kim Schmanke said 102 businesses related to medical marijuana paid about $2.5 million in 2012 state and local taxes.

In a recent check, Schmanke said DOR identified about 800 total businesses statewide that should be paying taxes. It found 311 that didn’t appear to pay taxes.


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