Small Business Thanks Governor for Signing B&O Tax Credit Bill

Date: April 01, 2022

More than 275,000 small businesses to benefit from tax credit, reporting threshold increase

OLYMPIA, Wash., April 1, 2022—The state’s leading small-business association thanked Gov. Jay Inslee for his signing of Senate Bill 5980 into law March 31.

“Small businesses across our state need all the relief they can get,” said Patrick Connor, Washington state director for the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), the nation’s leading small-business association. “With record high job openings, fierce competition for workers, inflation, and supply-chain disruptions, these last few years have been brutal on Main Street businesses. By exempting firms with up to $125,000 in gross receipts from the Business & Occupations Tax (B&O), and expanding the Small Business Tax Credit to those enterprises earning nearly $250,000 annually, Senate Bill 5980 will provide welcome relief for some 276,000 small businesses. I would also like to thank Sen. Reuven Carlyle for his leadership on this issue.”

Connor also thanked the governor for signing Senate Bill 5873 into law March 11. It lessens the social tax increases for unemployment insurance (UI) scheduled for 2022 and 2023, as well as caps the social-tax modifier for small businesses employing 10 or fewer workers. That cap takes effect in 2023. This UI tax relief is estimated at roughly $265 million over the next year and a half.

“With B&O and UI tax relief now law and the defeat of bills that would have brought back ergonomics (HB 1837) and instituted a loser-pays requirement for workers’ compensation appeals filed by small employers (SB 5801), many Main Street businesses can breathe a little easier now that the Legislature has adjourned for the year,” said Connor.

Contact: Patrick Connor, Washington State Director, [email protected]
or Tony Malandra, Senior Media Manager, [email protected]

Keep up with the latest Washington state small-business news at or by following NFIB on Twitter @NFIB_WA or on Facebook @NFIB.WA


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