Washington enacts exemption for computer equipment used in the printing or publishing of printed material.

Effective June 10, 2004, the printing and publishing industries will be able to realize the benefits of the machinery and equipment sales and use tax exemption to the same extent as other manufacturing industries. The state of Washington identifies that it is vital to provide economic opportunity for the continued development of new businesses and the expansion or modernization of existing businesses and “intends to accomplish this by providing the exemption to printers and publishers for purchases of computer equipment, not otherwise eligible for the manufacturer’s exemption, used primarily in the printing or publishing of printed material.” The state further extends this exemption opportunity “for labor and services rendered in respect to installing, repairing, cleaning, altering, or improving such computer equipment”. (Ch 8 (HB 3158), Laws 2004, filed March 11, 2004)

Posted on April 15, 2004