The Washington State Department of Revenue has launched a new website that enables consumers to research the operations of businesses and companies that they are interested in. Suspectfraud.com allows consumers to check whether a business is legally registered and licensed and pays its taxes. Site visitors may also submit reports to the state for further investigation, in the event of suspicion of fraud. Tax and license fraud includes: not registering an operating business; collecting, but not remitting sales tax; or registering a vehicle, vessel, or plane out-of-state if the vehicle is used in this state and use tax was not paid.
Suspectfraud.com is managed primarily by the Washington State Department of Revenue and the Department of Labor and Industries. Individuals can look up a licensed business by using the business or owner name, the Unified Business Identifier/tax registration number, or the reseller permit number. One may also report a suspected violation.