Beekeepers Considered Farmers in Washington

Oct 12th, 2015

The Washington Department of Revenue updated its Beekeepers Tax Guide in light of recent legislation that expanded the definition of "farmers" to include beekeepers. As of July 1, 2015, eligible apiarists (or beekeepers) are considered farmers and can take advantage of certain exemptions. An eligible apiarist is someone who (1) owns or keeps at least one bee colony; (2) grows, raises, or produces honey bee products for sale; and (3) registers with the Department of Agriculture. The tax guide defines key terms, explains newly applicable exemptions, and discusses new tax implications for apiarists.