Joint Legislative Audit & Review Committee

​How to Report Lodging Tax Usage

JLARC is currently developing a new system for collecting data about lodging tax expenditures. We anticipate opening the new system by the end of March 2018 for reporting 2017 lodging tax expenditures. Please check this page for updates or email jlarclodgingtax@leg.wa.gov.

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 lodging tax 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.

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.