Ideas for simplifying tax system sought

Have an idea about how Washington can simplify its tax system to help small businesses? If so, the Department of Revenue would like to hear from you through an online survey at

The department is soliciting tax simplification ideas in response to a directive from Gov. Chris Gregoire.

The department is in the process of scheduling meetings with those who have a stake in the state's tax system to gather information on the burdens and costs of complying with the tax system.

The online survey is meant to supplement that process and ensure that ideas and feedback are received from as broad a segment of the small-business community as possible.

The goal is to lay a strong foundation for the private sector to grow and create family-wage jobs, according to a department news release.

The department plans to present its findings and recommendations to the governor by June 30.