November 30, 1998
Referendum 49 authorized the Washington State Department of Licensing (DOL) to credit the motor vehicle excise tax up to $30 for some vehicles. However, under the referendum, this credit will not take effect until the purchase of July 2000 tabs or later.
This means that customers purchasing tabs in Jan. 1999 through June 1999 will not receive a credit under the referendum. Customers purchasing year 2000 tabs in July 1999 or later will receive the credit, when applicable.
For example, if a customer owns:
If motor vehicle excise taxes are due in Nov. or Dec. 1998, waiting until Jan. 1999 will not decrease the taxes due. The credit applies only to qualifying vehicles and owners effective with July 2000 registrations and tabs.
The Department of Licensing is working with Washington car dealers and vehicle licensing offices to clarify the referendum credit information.