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About Filing Online

File local government annual financial reports

Online. Quick. Easy.

There are 34 different types of local government authorities and districts across Washington, from air pollution and cemetery districts to regional planning councils and water conservation boards. All are required to file annual financial reports with the State Auditor’s Office (SAO). Our online filing system helps government organizations small and large, file their reports efficiently.

  • Unsure whether to file under GAAP or Cash?  Review the GAAP versus Cash resource. 

Why should your local government organization file online?

  1. Save time: You only prepare required items, and can start the filing process early.
  2. Greater accuracy: Using the option “Test validity of BARS coding” allows you to save as you go. And it has built in analytical steps and reconciliations.
  3. Gain efficiency: No CDs to burn, no paper to copy, and no postage to buy. You will receive instant electronic confirmation that we received your report.

Use the Help Desk through our Online Services for help with technical questions.

  • LiveChat is available during the month of May

Contact us via email with further questions:

Watch our updated videos on filing online, and learn about the filing process in minutes. SAO Annual (Online) Filing Playlist

Check out available eLearning modules and register for upcoming training classes, filing workshops and BARS roundtables on the Training and Workshops page.

Can anyone view financial data filed by local governments?

Yes. Visit the new and improved Financial Intelligence Tool, or FIT.

It is important to remember this system has its limitations:

  • SAO has not audited the data – the reports database shows information provided directly by the local governments, and neither the state of Washington nor its agencies, officers, or employees can guarantee the accuracy or timeliness of the information.
  • Data may be missing – the organizations may not have filed yet, or the organization itself may no longer exist.
  • Large variations from year to year may be due to annexations and incorporations of local governments, but these reports provide only raw numbers – not explanations.