Today, Washington State Beekeepers are exempt from the following taxes:
• the B&O tax on the wholesale sale of honey and honey bee products;
• the B&O tax on bee pollination services; and
• the sales and use tax on the sale of pollinating bees.
To qualify for these tax exemptions, beekeepers must be registered with the Department of Agriculture.
These tax exemptions expire on July 1, 2013. We are asking the Washington State Legislature to remove the sunset clause on the exemption and need you to contact your representative to help. House Bill 1558 supports Beekeepers. Call your legislators to remind them of the importance of bees in agriculture. The exemption of the B & O tax is a big cost that commercial beekeepers are expected to pay. Out of state beekeepers who do 75% of fruit pollination do not pay this, only those registered with the state and only several have ever paid this tax. We are indeed agriculture.
It is important to have the expiration removed rather than just extend the exemption for another 3 years as Senate Bill 5453 indicates. Please support beekeepers by contacting your representatives. Leg-One-Pager-2013FEB (PDF)