e-File: WSLCB Option A Positive Step
I note with interest the November 3rd announcement from Annie Bones at the Wine Institute that the Washington State Liquor Control Board (WSLCB) has provided the option to file monthly reports and taxes online at their website. This is a tremendously positive step on many levels.
- First, it saves time. Sure, there is a brief learning curve, but once overcome e-Filing systems are invariably easier to use and save time. Less time in preparation by the winery, less time in review by the WSLCB.
- Second, they save paper and thereby trees. I think we can all agree that’s a good thing.
- Together these equal a savings of money for both the winery and the state. In tight times where both private entities and the government are looking to cut costs, efficiencies created by e-File and e-Pay systems can make significant savings.
Finally, and maybe less obvious, they encourage compliance. This leads to a couple of benefits. One, they make it easier to be in compliance because it takes less work. Two, they create greater accountability through better tracking and document management.
This last point is important because better compliance and accountability will result in more states permitting consumer direct wine shipments since they have a higher degree of confidence that wineries will follow the rules. That in turn makes it more likely that states reluctant to open their borders will be willing to do so, creating new markets and opportunities. In the end, more tax revenue to the states is generated with greater accountability, which always makes politicians and bureaucrats happy.
As this trend towards e-Filing/e-Pay solutions evolves, be assured that REthink Compliance will evolve with it, as our goal is to provide the easiest, most cost efficient way for wineries shipping consumer direct to stay compliant.