Washington Newspaper Definition Includes Electronic Version

In recent legislation the definition of “newspaper” has been expanded to mean all electronic versions of any printed newspaper and any supplement 1) provided in the newspaper, or 2) separate from the newspaper, but that has distribution within the circulation area of the printed newspaper. This change impacts the business and occupation tax on newspapers as the preferential printing and publishing rate may now be applied to any electronic version of a newspaper, effective July 1, 2008 through June 30, 2011. (Ch. 273 H.B. 2585, Laws 2008, effective July 1, 2008)

Posted on August 26, 2008