Joint Legislative Audit & Review Committee

​How to Report Lodging Tax Usage

The lodging tax expenditure reporting system is now open for reporting 2016 expenditures

RCW 67.28.1816 requires that local governments annually report expenditures of lodging tax funds. The Joint Legislative Audit and Review Committee (JLARC) has established a reporting system for 2015 expenditures.

Lodging tax expenditures can be reported through JLARC’s online reporting system, hosted on a Microsoft SharePoint Online site. There is a 2-step process for logging into the site and reporting expenditures.

Step 1: Individuals reporting lodging tax expenditures for their municipality must create a Microsoft account using their work email as the username to access the SharePoint site. To receive instructions for setting up a Microsoft account, email JLARClodgingtax@leg.wa.gov. 2016 returning users may use their existing Microsoft login credentials.

Step 2: Once users follow the provided instructions and create a Microsoft account, they must email JLARC at JLARClodgingtax@leg.wa.gov with the subject line “Lodging Tax SharePoint Invitation Request.” A JLARC analyst will invite the user to join the SharePoint and distribute instructions for filling out the online reporting form.

The lodging tax expenditure reporting system will open soon for reporting 2016 expenditures. Please check this page for updates.

Questions may be directed to JLARClodgingtax@leg.wa.gov or to Suzanna Pratt (360-786-5106) or Casey Radostitz (360-786-5176).

JLARC and association staff recognize that there are areas of complexity in reporting lodging tax use (e.g., determining traveler information, consortia, etc.). Staff will continue to work with cities, counties, and towns to determine preferred practices and communicate those practices.