Washington Main Street Tax Credit Program

Kent Downtown Partnership
Registration deadline: 3/31/2023

Kent Downtown Partnership (KDP) is a non-profit organization and proud  WA Main Street community.   As such, the State Department of Revenue offers Kent Businesses the  Washington State Main Street Tax Credit Program (known commonly as the B&O Tax Credit program), which provides a 75% tax credit to businesses who make contributions to the revitalization efforts of the Kent Downtown Partnership.  This is a tax incentive is offered to businesses to self-direct their business taxes to stay local vs being sent to the state and spent elsewhere.

  • By participating in this program,  businesses will:
    • Receive a 75% tax credit on WA State B&O tax liability
    • Help to revitalize downtown, and bring events and programs to our community
    • Get a tax deduction for a contribution to a charitable organization (we are a 501c3 non profit)

Feel free to ask questions!  Gaila Gutierrez at KDP is available at your convenience.

The deadline to register is March 31, but the deadline to pay the contribution is November 1 (some like to pay in lump sum, some like to pay quarterly if they are contributing a large amount, some like to pay at Nov 1 deadline – KDP can work with folks to help manage their budget). Should you have interest, contact Gaila Gutierrez at the Kent Downtown Partnership with questions or to assist in the registration process (less than 5 minutes)

Businesses can apply for a credit against their State B&O tax and/or public utility tax equal to 75% of the contribution made to the Main Street Organization. To receive a credit, the tax credit must be applied for prior to making a contribution. For more information about the program, visit our tax incentives page and Chapter 82.73 RCW.


City of Kent:  The Main Street program is the best way I can think of to make sure local dollars stay in our community.  Paying B&O to KDP is easier knowing our money is making a difference right here in our city. – Dana Ralph, Mayor

Gellner Law Group:   “In addition to helping downtown Kent and local businesses, I really love using the credit through the beginning of the year instead of paying my taxes out of my operating account.”  – Jennifer Gellner, Attorney

Curran Law Firm:   “Curran Law Firm has gladly participated in the program since its existence.  I have seen firsthand how the donations are effectively and efficiently put to use in a way that shares the values of downtown merchants and property owners.  When I have talked with other businesses in Kent (not just Downtown) about the program, they would much prefer giving their money to the KDP than to the state, because they know the KDP will used the money for the benefit of downtown businesses, property owners and customers.  Shop Small and Keep It Local!”Greg Haffner, Attorney

Heritage Bank:  “I love that we can make our tax dollars work for our local downtown and all the good work KDP does in our community.” – Yvonne L. Walker, Branch Manager