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Weekly Update: 2018 Legislative Endorsements

The Washington Hospitality Association 2018 Legislative Endorsements On June 26, the Washington Hospitality Association Government Affairs Committee met to endorse legislative candidates ahead of the 2018 primary election. During May

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Outsource Key Areas to Minimize Risk and Maximize Return

By Rick Braa, CHAE   Q: As I look at the structure of our company, I realize I don’t have my arms around all of it. What is the best

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Weekly Update: Jobs Tax Vote Coming – Seattle Members Speak Out!

Jobs Tax Vote Coming: Seattle Members Speak Out! A majority of the Seattle City Council supports a proposed job tax. Currently, it would assess $75 million in taxes on businesses

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Weekly Update: Hospitality Month 2018 is Here

Hospitality Month 2018 is Here Gov. Jay Inslee’s second annual Hospitality Month celebrates the state’s largest private employer and its career paths that take employees from first job to $100,000

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Weekly Update: Get Ready for May 7 Menu Labeling Deadline

Get Ready for May 7 Menu Labeling Deadline Crunch time is here. If you’re not prepared for the new federal menu labeling regulations, you need to get prepared now. After

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Weekly Update: Tip Pooling – Supervisors, Managers, Owners are Not to Benefit

Tip Pooling – Supervisors, Managers, Owners are Not to Benefit Reminder: A congressional bill passed March 23 includes a provision that ensures workers will receive all of their tips. Supervisors,

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Weekly Update: Friday Marks the Session’s First Legislative Cutoff

Friday Marks the Session’s First Legislative Cutoff Friday is an important day on the legislative calendar – it is the first cutoff date of the session. This means that bills

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Eye on Hospitality: Hotels and Restaurants Hopeful About Tax Reform

By Paul Schlienz Congress just passed the most far reaching tax reform package since 1986, and restaurants and hotels are generally optimistic about its effects on their ability to do

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Delicatessens

Which food and beverage sales by a deli are subject to sales tax? Delicatessens usually make more than 75 percent of their food sales in prepared food. If your prepared

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Collecting Sales Tax

Sales of Prepared Food Washington law exempts most grocery type food from retail sales tax. However, the law does not exempt “prepared food,” “soft drinks,” or “dietary supplements.” Businesses that

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Summary of Tip Laws

Tips are any gratuitous payment made by a customer to one who serves the customer. They include cash tips, credit or debit card tips, or tips by check. If an

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Personal Chefs

Personal chefs are independent contractors (not employees) that prepare food in private homes for consumption by household members. Personal chefs may also prepare meals for social events, such as dinner

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Cover Charges

Does sales tax apply to cover charges? A cover charge is generally a fee that is collected from guests to allow guests entry to a specific event or activity. The

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What you need to know about Seattle’s Sweetened Beverage Tax

Beginning Jan. 1, 2018, the City of Seattle will impose a sweetened beverage tax (SBT) on the distribution of sweetened beverages within Seattle city limits. Key aspects to note about

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Weekly Update – Big Victory for Hospitality Industry: Jobs Tax Proposal Defeated in Seattle

Washington State Supreme Court Still Not Satisfied with Legislature’s Education Funding Plan On Wednesday, the Washington State Supreme Court issued a new order in the McCleary case, requiring full and