Washington Taxing Telephone Lines to Fund Mental Crisis Service

Washington state will impose a tax on phone lines and prepaid wireless transactions in October to fund its new 988 mental health crisis hotline.

The tax will start at 24 cents a line and increase to 40 cents beginning Jan. 1 2023, the state Department of Revenue announced in a special notice Tuesday.

  • Each type of service provided is to be reported separately to the department each month, according to the notice.
  • The crisis response tax was created by a 2021 law (HB 1477) that expanded the state’s behavioral health crisis response and suicide prevention services.