Thank you for visiting the Department of Revenue’s (DOR) website and reading
our Privacy Notice. This Notice explains what we do with data collected as a
result of your visit to this website. It also describes several state and
federal laws that apply to personally identifiable or other confidential
information that you might provide in the course of navigating this website.
This Notice covers the following topics:
When you browse this website, we may gather and store certain information
about your visit. We automatically collect and store the following
information about your visit:
The information we collect is saved and used by Department of Revenue to improve
the content of our web services and to help us understand how people are using
our services and website.
If during your visit to our website you participate in a survey, send us an email,
fill out a form, submit a message, supply information, or perform some other
transaction online, the following additional information may be collected:
The information collected is not limited to text characters and may include audio, video, and graphic
information formats you send us. We will not usually ask for or collect this kind of information
from the general public through this website.
Email you send to us may be used to respond to issues and to further improve our services. We may
forward your email to another agency, business partner, or a vendor for appropriate action.
Information you volunteer or submit to conduct business on this website is used for the purpose
requested and as authorized by law.
The records retention schedules published by the State Archives
and schedules applying to Department of Revenue require us to keep this information for varying periods
depending on the nature of the business conducted or content of the record, and then destroy it.
Information Department of Revenue obtains about individuals, taxpayers, and organizations may be subject
to various confidentiality laws. Confidential information may include some types of personally identifying
information and confidential customer information about other entities as described below.
person that is readily identifiable to that specific individual. Personal information includes such things
as your name, address, and phone number. Confidential customer information includes confidential data and
records held and collected for the licensing, excise tax, property tax, and unclaimed property functions
of Department of Revenue.
Other than the information automatically collected when browsing the website, we will not collect
Personally Identifiable Information or Confidential Customer Information about you unless you voluntarily
provide it to us by sending us an email, submitting information through this website to conduct business,
or completing an online form or survey. You may choose not to contact us by email or to provide any
Personally Identifiable Information or Confidential Customer Information using an online form, application
for services, or survey. Your choice to not participate in these activities will not restrict or impair
your ability to use our site, and read or download any information provided on the site. If you choose to
provide Personally Identifiable Information or Confidential Customer Information by emailing us, participating
in a survey, submitting information to conduct business, or completing an online form, we may store this information.
Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) governs information gathering online from or about children
under the age of 13. Under COPPA, a website must get parental permission before knowingly collecting personally
identifiable information about a child under the age of 13. The Department of Revenue website is a general audience
site and we do not knowingly collect any personally identifiable information from children. Users are cautioned
that the collection of personally identifiable information requested from or volunteered by children online will
be treated the same as information given by an adult.
If you choose to not use online applications, forms, or services, you still have the ability to contact
Department of Revenue in person or by mail, fax, or telephone. Please refer to the
Contact Information Section of this notice.
If you have questions about how we use your personally identifiable or confidential customer information,
you can contact Department of Revenue as shown in the Contact Information Section of this Notice.
In the State of Washington, laws exist to ensure that government is open and that the public has a right
to access appropriate records and information possessed by state government. At the same time, state and
federal laws include exemptions to the public's right to access public records that serve various needs,
including the privacy of individuals and taxpayers. As a Washington state public agency, all Department of
Revenue information prepared, owned, used, or retained to conduct business is a public record under the
Public Records Act, RCW Chapter 42.56.
Not all public records can be released, however, if protected by law. Information you send to us or we
receive through this website becomes a public record. Public records are presumed to be open to the public
and are subject to public inspection and copying unless protected and exempt under federal or state law.
In addition to exemptions under the Public Records Act, several laws apply to limit access to and
disclosure of records submitted to or held by Department of Revenue. The primary confidentiality laws
affecting Department of Revenue records include:
These and other laws provide confidentiality for certain records and provide exceptions for access by taxpayers
or their authorized representative, sharing with specified government agencies, production under court order,
or other access as provided in these laws. Please read the linked laws for more information.
The Department of Revenue may require you to provide personal or confidential information in order to use
specific online services. This information is required to verify a user's identity. You may choose not to
give this information, but if you choose not to do so, we may be unable to provide you access to these
online services and you may have to use other methods such as personal contact, fax, or mail, and other
consequences may apply.
Department of Revenue strives to protect personally identifying and confidential customer information from
unauthorized access, use, or disclosure. If a breach of confidential information occurs, Department of Revenue
will take appropriate steps and follow laws requiring notice to affected individuals or entities.
State law requires agencies that collect and enter personally identifiable information into publicly
accessible systems to provide “procedures for correcting inaccurate information, including establishing
mechanisms for individuals to review information about them and recommend changes in information they
believe to be inaccurate.” RCW 43.105.365.
You can request and review any personally identifiable information we collect about you for these purposes
by using the information in the Contact Information Section at the end of this Notice.
You may recommend changes to Personally Identifiable Information you believe to be inaccurate by submitting
a written and signed request that clearly explains any factual errors. Department of Revenue will take
reasonable steps to verify your identity before granting access or making corrections.
Please note that Department of Revenue does not generally collect and make public information about
individuals due to confidentiality laws, as addressed in RCW 43.105.365. However, Department of Revenue
does make available and publish limited information about individuals and businesses including public
parts of licensing and unclaimed property records, as permitted or required by law.
To better serve our users, we use a variety of tools to customize your browsing experience with this website,
including “cookies.” “Cookies” are text files stored on your computer by your web browser. If you use your
browser settings option to block all cookies to your web browser (such as Internet Explorer, Safari, Chrome
or Firefox), including essential cookies, this restriction could affect the availability and functionality of
this website. We only have control over tools we provide and not over third party tools or other technologies
deployed on this website that may be created by using embedded third party applications.
Department of Revenue has taken steps to safeguard the integrity of its data and prevent unauthorized access
to information maintained by us. These steps may include authentication, monitoring, auditing, and encryption.
Security measures have been integrated into the design, implementation, and day-to-day practices of the entire
Department of Revenue operating environment as part of its continuing commitment to risk management,
confidentiality, and integrity of data. These measures are designed and intended to prevent corruption of data,
block unknown or unauthorized access to our systems and information, and to provide reasonable protection of
information in our possession.
This site may contain text, artwork, photos, or other content that is copyrighted by others and is being used
with permission of the copyright holder. Therefore, we recommend that you contact our
for permission to use any content contained on this site.
The State of Washington, the Department of Revenue, and any other agency, officer, or employee of the
State of Washington do not:
Portions of information on this website may be incorrect or not current. Any person or entity who relies on
any information obtained from this website does so at their own risk, except as provided in RCW 82.32.430.
That law provides that businesses collecting and remitting sales or use tax to Department of Revenue using
geographic information system technology developed and provided by Department of Revenue are held harmless
and are not liable for the difference in amount due, penalties, or interest for rate calculation errors
resulting from the proper use of the technology.
Our website contains links to other websites. These may include links to websites operated by other government
agencies, nonprofit organizations, and private businesses. When you follow a link to another site, you are no
longer on the Department of Revenue website and this Privacy Notice will not apply. Instead, you will be subject
are leaving our website and this Notice will no longer apply: .
Reference in this website to any specific commercial products, processes, or services, or the use of any trade,
firm, or corporation name is for the information and convenience of the public and does not constitute endorsement,
recommendation, or favoring by the State of Washington, Department of Revenue, or its officers, employees, or agents.
Department of Revenue reserves the right to revise and update this Privacy Notice at any time without notice by
posting the revision on our site.
A network address is assigned to your computer or mobile device whenever you are using the Internet. Network
addresses can be IP addresses like this: 192.168.0.11 or like this: fc00:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:/7, or Ethernet
addresses like this: 00:00:00:FF:EE:11
Cookies are small data files stored on your hard drive or in your device memory when you visit a website.
Cookies and similar technologies are widely used by websites to make them work more efficiently, as well
as to provide information to the website operator about how users are using their website. Most browsers
allow you to block cookies by adjusting the “settings,” “preferences,” or “internet options.” To find out
more about cookies, including how to see what cookies have been set and how to manage and delete them,
please refer to your browser “help” section, visit the Federal Trade Commission’s explanation on its
or the Washington State privacy resources at Privacy.wa.gov.
You may contact the Department of Revenue as follows:
To offer comments
about the Department of Revenue’s website or to ask questions about
information or services provided on this website:
Department of Revenue
PO Box 47478
Olympia WA 98504-7478
Privacy and Personal Information
For questions about this Privacy Notice, or to review or request
correction of your personally identifying information:
Department of Revenue
PO Box 47478
Olympia WA 98504-7478
To inquire about the availability of this information
in an alternate format, please call (360) 705-6715.
your privacy in the digital age
To learn what steps you can take to protect your
confidential information while using the Internet, please consult the
Privacy Guide for Washington State Citizens.