Tax incentive public disclosure survey data

Businesses claiming certain tax preferences must file an Annual Survey. The Annual Survey contains the dollar value of the tax preference claimed in addition to employee wage and benefit data. Only the dollar value of the tax preference is publicly disclosable and available on the Incentive and Reporting Public Disclosure webpage.

View survey data from 2004 to present

The interactive data visualization below allows you to filter the survey data by various criteria such as type of preference, a specific incentive program, and a specific business. Scroll over the visualization for additional detail.

About the data

All information is supplied by the business and has not necessarily been verified by the Department through audit or other direct examination of the business's books or records. The information contained in some surveys may change as the Department reviews and validates the submitted information.

A business may ask the amount not be disclosed if it is less than $10,000. The business name is still included in the data, but the amount shown is $0.

Visualization is a snapshot in time

The Department refreshes data on the Incentive and Reporting Public Disclosure webpage nightly. However, the visualization is a snapshot in time, and updated three times per year. Updates are scheduled for:

  • June 30 for surveys submitted by the May 31 deadline.
  • September 30 to include surveys submitted during an approved 90 day extension period.
  • December 31 to coincide with the publication of the annual Descriptive Statistics for Select Tax Incentives.

Additional incentives

There are over 700 tax incentives available in Washington State. The 2016 Tax Exemption Study provides a comprehensive look at each incentive.

Descriptive statistics

The Descriptive Statistics Report summarizes information from annual surveys and reports completed by taxpayers who participated in tax incentive programs during each calendar year. The report is prepared in accordance with RCWs 82.32.534 and 82.32.585 to provide accountability and a means to evaluate program effectiveness.