Main Street Tax Credit

Redirecting your B&O tax to Ellensburg

Ellensburg Main Street

Keep your tax dollars local and support the economic vitality of downtown Ellensburg through the Washington State Main Street Tax Credit Incentive Program.


  • Between January 10th and March 31st, each community can receive up to $180,180.18 in donations from donors (75% equals $135,135.14 in tax credits).
  • As a business, when you pledge to donate to the Ellensburg Downtown Association through the Washington Main Street Tax Credit Program, you will receive 75% of your donation back as a WA State B&O tax credit for 2023.
  • If after March 31st, there are unused credits from other communities, donors can sign up for additional credits for their communities and each community can receive up to $213,333.33 in donations from donors (75% equals $160,000 in tax credits). This time period is highly competitive between organizations, as funds are allotted on a first come first serve basis, so we highly recommend applying before March 31st.
  • Donate $4,000? You’ll get a $3,000 credit. Your full pledged amount is also tax deductible, since the EDA is a 501(c)3 nonprofit. This means you are able to redirect your tax dollars back into our Historic Downtown – helping us in our mission to empower and preserve community by amplifying our economy and creating a sense of place for all.

Visit the WA Department of Revenue’s to make your pledge.

Step 1:

  1. Sign in or create an account
  2. Choose “More Excise Tax Options” in the Account box
  3. Select “Manage/Apply for a Tax Credit” in the Credits box
  4. Select “Add Main Street Application”
  5. Find Ellensburg Downtown Association and enter the Contribution Amount; click next
  6. Fill in the required information and Submit.

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Step 2:

Before November 15th, 2022 make your donation payment of the pledged amount to the Ellensburg Downtown Association by mailing a check to 119 West 5th Avenue, Ste. 102, Ellensburg, WA 98929.

Please contact Brenda DeVore, EDA Executive Director, to learn more about how to take advantage of this one-of-a-kind program at [email protected] or 509-962-6246.

Step 3:

On January 2022, when you go to pay your B&O online, you will have the credit available in your account. It’s really that simple!

Thank you so much for supporting the Ellensburg Downtown Association!

Additional Information

  • Donate to the EDA and receive a state B&O tax credit of 75% of the donation amount.
  • Receive a federal tax deduction for the remaining 25%.
  • This is a way to direct your tax dollars right back into your community.
  • Pledging for the program starts the second Monday in January.
  • Pledge by March 15th, pledging early is best!
  • Each Main Street city has a cap of $95,000 in donation pledges in Q1.
  • Pledge early but your donation to the EDA can be made as late as November 15th.
  • Pledges are made on the Department of Revenue website.
  • The federal tax deduction can be taken in the same year as the donation and the state B&O credit becomes
    available starting January of the following year.
  • Any donation amount works.
  • Credits may not be carried over to subsequent years.
  • Anyone who pays B&O taxes in Washington can contribute to any Main Street Program in Washington (you don’t have to be in downtown Ellensburg).
  • This program is unique to Washington and has been a proven economic catalyst for historic Main Street towns since 2006.

Thank you to our 2021 donors: