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Washington – WA Sales Tax Calculator: User Guide

Washington is the 13th most populous and the 18th largest state (by area) located in the Pacific Northwest region of the United States of America.

Officially known as the State of Washington, this state has Olympia as its capital, Seattle is its largest city, and Greater Seattle is the largest metro.

Washington shares its borders with Idaho on the east, the Pacific Ocean on the west, the Canadian province of British Columbia on the north, and Oregon on the south.

WA State is undoubtedly one of the best states in the Pacific Northwest. It offers a blend of stunning nature, diverse opportunities, high quality of life, and a thriving economy. Moreover, the state doesn't even levy an income tax.

All these aforementioned perks and many others force numerous people, businesses, and entrepreneurs to settle in this Evergreen State.

So if you are planning to start, expand, or relocate your business in Washington, you should learn to deal with WA Sales Tax.

Wherefore, this guide will quickly walk you through all the essentials of the WA sales tax. We have also included a handy Washington sales tax calculator to practice what you learned and even use it for your daily sales tax calculations.

So Let's Learn!

Washington Sales Tax Facts:

  • Although Washington State doesn't levy Income Tax, instead, it charges high sales tax. The sales tax rate levied on the state level is 6.5%. Additionally, many cities and counties charge local sales tax as high as 4%, raising the combined sales tax rate to 10.5%.
  • Roosevelt, Washington, is among cities that levy the lowest possible combined sales tax rate of 7%.
  • Lynnwood, Washington, is among cities that levy the highest possible combined sales tax rate of 10.50%.
  • Unlike most US states, Washington also imposes sales tax on many services, including construction, altering, fitness club memberships, catering services, cleaning, installations, lawn maintenance, tattoos, and recreational activities.
  • Digital Purchases, including music, videos, etc. are also charged with Washington sales tax.
  • 3% tax on top of the total sales tax rate is charged on motor vehicles.
  • Prescription medicines, groceries (unprepared food), food ingredients, and newspapers are exempted from Washington's sales tax.
  • Washington Sales Tax Exemption Form is a form obtained from the Washington Department of Revenue. It can be used by individuals and companies to buy items for resale, improvement, or as raw materials without paying sales tax.
  • Taxable purchases made from out-of-state vendors by a Washington business or resident for using in Washington without paying sales tax are supposed to be subjected to WA Use Tax of the equal rate as Washington Sales Tax.

How to calculate Sales Tax in Washington?

Businesses and Sellers involved in nearly all retail sales of tangible personal property unless exempted by law and certain taxable services and have Nexus in Washington are required to register for Washington Sales tax and obtain a sales tax license.

They must collect, manage, and remit it to the Washington Department of Revenue while staying in compliance with state laws and avoid penalties and interest.

The sales tax determined on four factors:

  1. Nexus: It is a connection of business with a state. The business is only liable to pay taxes to the states with Nexus.
  2. Out of State Seller's Eligibility: Out of State Seller is only required to register, collect, and remit the sales tax to the authorities in the state if it falls under the criteria provided by the state.
  3. Location and Products or Services: The sales tax rate varies from product to product and location to location, so you must check the sales tax rate applicable to your product according to the product category, county, and city in Washington.
  4. Exemptions: Almost all goods are eligible for sales tax regulation—however, Prescription medicines, groceries (unprepared food), food ingredients, and newspapers are exempt from sales tax.

You should also check with the Washington Department of Revenue regularly about which goods and services sold in Washington are subject to sales tax.

To calculate Sales Tax in Washington, follow the steps below:


Step 1 – Determine your Nexus:

As a business owner, you are only required to collect sales tax if you are eligible for collecting sales tax and have Sales Tax Nexus in Washington State. And to determine your Nexus in Washington, you must have any of the following:

  • Having employees or other representatives for Soliciting sales in Washington.
  • Having employees or other representatives for Installing or assembling goods in this state.
  • Providing services in the state.
  • Constructing, installing, repairing, maintaining of tangible personal property (like real property) in Washington.
  • Using the taxpayer's own vehicles to deliver goods into Washington regularly.
  • Maintaining inventory in the state.
  • Leasing or renting of property in Washington.

Step 2 – Determine the Sales Tax Rate:

Once you have determined that your Nexus is with Washington, next is to deduce the Sales Tax rate (State + County + City) applicable to your product, for which you can refer to the tables below:


Washington Sales Tax Rates By County
County State Rate County Rate Total Sales Tax
Adams 6.50% 1.50% 8.00%
Asotin 6.50% 1.20% 7.70%
Benton 6.50% 1.50% 8.00%
Chelan 6.50% 1.80% 8.30%
Clallam 6.50% 2.00% 8.50%
Clark 6.50% 1.20% 7.70%
Columbia 6.50% 1.70% 8.20%
Cowlitz 6.50% 1.30% 7.80%
Douglas 6.50% 1.30% 7.80%
Ferry 6.50% 1.20% 7.70%
Franklin 6.50% 1.50% 8.00%
Garfield 6.50% 1.40% 7.90%
Grant 6.50% 1.40% 7.90%
Grays Harbor 6.50% 2.30% 8.80%
Island 6.50% 2.20% 8.70%
Jefferson 6.50% 2.50% 9.00%
King 6.50% 3.50% 10.00%
Kitsap 6.50% 2.50% 9.00%
Kittitas 6.50% 1.50% 8.00%
Klickitat 6.50% 0.50% 7.00%
Lewis 6.50% 1.30% 7.80%
Lincoln 6.50% 1.50% 8.00%
Mason 6.50% 2.00% 8.50%
Okanogan 6.50% 1.30% 7.80%
Pacific 6.50% 1.60% 8.10%
Pend Oreille 6.50% 1.10% 7.60%
Pierce 6.50% 2.80% 9.30%
San Juan 6.50% 1.60% 8.10%
Skagit 6.50% 1.60% 8.10%
Skamania 6.50% 1.20% 7.70%
Snohomish 6.50% 2.70% 9.20%
Spokane 6.50% 1.60% 8.10%
Stevens 6.50% 1.10% 7.60%
Thurston 6.50% 1.40% 7.90%
Wahkiakum 6.50% 1.10% 7.60%
Walla Walla 6.50% 1.60% 8.10%
Whatcom 6.50% 1.40% 7.90%
Whitman 6.50% 1.30% 7.80%
Yakima 6.50% 1.40% 7.90%

Washington Sales Tax Rates By City
City State Rate County + City Rate Total Sales Tax
Aberdeen 6.50% 2.48% 8.98%
Anacortes 6.50% 2.20% 8.70%
Arlington 6.50% 2.70% 9.20%
Auburn 6.50% 3.50% 10.00%
Bainbridge Island 6.50% 2.50% 9.00%
Battle Ground 6.50% 1.90% 8.40%
Bellevue 6.50% 3.50% 10.00%
Bellingham 6.50% 2.20% 8.70%
Bonney Lake 6.50% 2.80% 9.30%
Bothell 6.50% 3.50% 10.00%
Bremerton 6.50% 2.50% 9.00%
Burien 6.50% 3.50% 10.00%
Burlington 6.50% 2.00% 8.50%
Camas 6.50% 1.90% 8.40%
Centralia 6.50% 1.70% 8.20%
Chehalis 6.50% 1.70% 8.20%
Cheney 6.50% 2.40% 8.90%
Clarkston 6.50% 1.40% 7.90%
College Place 6.50% 2.20% 8.70%
Covington 6.50% 2.10% 8.60%
Des Moines 6.50% 3.50% 10.00%
DuPont 6.50% 2.80% 9.30%
Duvall 6.50% 2.10% 8.60%
East Wenatchee 6.50% 1.80% 8.30%
Edgewood 6.50% 3.40% 9.90%
Edmonds 6.50% 3.90% 10.40%
Ellensburg 6.50% 1.80% 8.30%
Enumclaw 6.50% 2.20% 8.70%
Ephrata 6.50% 1.70% 8.20%
Everett 6.50% 3.30% 9.80%
Federal Way 6.50% 3.50% 10.00%
Ferndale 6.50% 2.20% 8.70%
Fife 6.50% 3.40% 9.90%
Gig Harbor 6.50% 2.00% 8.50%
Grandview 6.50% 1.40% 7.90%
Hoquiam 6.50% 2.30% 8.80%
Issaquah 6.50% 3.50% 10.00%
Kelso 6.50% 1.60% 8.10%
Kenmore 6.50% 3.50% 10.00%
Kennewick 6.50% 2.10% 8.60%
Kent 6.50% 3.50% 10.00%
Kirkland 6.50% 3.60% 10.10%
Lacey 6.50% 2.80% 9.30%
Lake Forest Park 6.50% 3.50% 10.00%
Lake Stevens 6.50% 2.50% 9.00%
Lakewood 6.50% 3.40% 9.90%
Liberty Lake 6.50% 2.40% 8.90%
Longview 6.50% 1.60% 8.10%
Lynden 6.50% 2.20% 8.70%
Lynnwood 6.50% 4.00% 10.50%
Maple Valley 6.50% 2.10% 8.60%
Marysville 6.50% 2.80% 9.30%
Mercer Island 6.50% 3.50% 10.00%
Mill Creek 6.50% 4.00% 10.50%
Milton 6.50% 3.50% 10.00%
Monroe 6.50% 2.80% 9.30%
Moses Lake 6.50% 1.60% 8.10%
Mount Vernon 6.50% 2.20% 8.70%
Mountlake Terrace 6.50% 3.90% 10.40%
Mukilteo 6.50% 4.00% 10.50%
Newcastle 6.50% 3.50% 10.00%
Oak Harbor 6.50% 2.20% 8.70%
Olympia 6.50% 2.80% 9.30%
Othello 6.50% 1.70% 8.20%
Pasco 6.50% 2.10% 8.60%
Port Angeles 6.50% 2.20% 8.70%
Port Orchard 6.50% 2.50% 9.00%
Port Townsend 6.50% 2.50% 9.00%
Poulsbo 6.50% 2.50% 9.00%
Pullman 6.50% 1.30% 7.80%
Puyallup 6.50% 3.40% 9.90%
Redmond 6.50% 3.50% 10.00%
Renton 6.50% 3.50% 10.00%
Richland 6.50% 2.10% 8.60%
Sammamish 6.50% 3.50% 10.00%
SeaTac 6.50% 3.50% 10.00%
Seattle 6.50% 3.60% 10.10%
Sedro-Woolley 6.50% 2.00% 8.50%
Selah 6.50% 1.70% 8.20%
Shelton 6.50% 2.30% 8.80%
Shoreline 6.50% 3.70% 10.20%
Snohomish 6.50% 2.70% 9.20%
Snoqualmie 6.50% 2.10% 8.60%
Spokane 6.50% 2.40% 8.90%
Spokane Valley 6.50% 2.40% 8.90%
Sumner 6.50% 2.80% 9.30%
Sunnyside 6.50% 1.40% 7.90%
Tacoma 6.50% 3.70% 10.20%
Toppenish 6.50% 1.40% 7.90%
Tukwila 6.50% 3.50% 10.00%
Tumwater 6.50% 2.80% 9.30%
University Place 6.50% 3.40% 9.90%
Vancouver 6.50% 1.90% 8.40%
Walla Walla 6.50% 2.40% 8.90%
Washougal 6.50% 1.90% 8.40%
Wenatchee 6.50% 2.00% 8.50%
West Richland 6.50% 2.10% 8.60%
Woodinville 6.50% 3.50% 10.00%
Yakima 6.50% 1.70% 8.20%
Yelm 6.50% 2.60% 9.10%

Step 4 – Calculate Sales Tax:

After determining the sales tax rate according to the location and type of purchases, it is easy to calculate the sales tax amount charged on the product and gross price (amount after tax) of a product.


Example # 1:

For instance, you sell a Leather Belt in your store in Mount Vista, Washington, having a net cost of $28. The amount of Sales Tax that you have to pay on the Leather Belt would be:


Manual Method:

Net Price (amount before Tax) of a Leather Belt: $28

Total Sales Tax rate: 0.00% (Mount Vista) + 1.20% (Clark County) + 6.50% (Washington State) = 7.70%


Total Sales Tax amount = $28 x 7.70% = $2.2

Gross Price (Amount after Tax) = 28 + 2.2 = $30.2


So, the Sales Tax amount charged on the Leather Belt would be $2.2, raising the gross cost to $30.2.


Using our Sales Tax Calculator:

All of the steps mentioned above can be skipped to get an instant result using our Sales Tax Calculator. All you need is:

  1. Input the $28 as the Net Price of a Leather Belt as Amount Before Tax
  2. Input or select 70% of the combined Sales Tax rate on the Tax Rate menu.

Our calculator will automatically calculate the result and represents it in 3 different forms, as shown in the image below:

washington-island-sales-tax-calculator

Reverse Sales Tax Calculation

In the example above, we have explained to you to calculate the Sales Tax amount payable in a product and the Gross Price of the Product.

But there are also instances when you are required to deduce how much Sales tax you have actually paid on a product in Washington.

This is where the Reverse Sales Tax Calculation Kicks in. And luckily, our Washington Sales Tax Calculator can perform this calculation like a Pro.


Example:

The gross cost (amount after tax) of a pair of socks is $5, which you sell on your store in Mercer Island, Washington. Now, if you want to deduce the amount of sales tax you have actually paid on it and the net cost (amount before tax) of a pair of socks, you can follow the steps below:

Gross Price (Amount after Tax) of pair of socks: $5

Total Sales Tax rate: 0.00% (Mercer Island) + 3.50% (King County) + 6.50% (Washington State) = 10.00%


Manual Method:

Gross Price with sales tax = [Net Price × (tax rate in decimal form + 1)]

5 = [Net Price x ((10.0/100) + 1)]

5 = Net Price x 1.1

$4.5 = Net Price


So, the original Price (net price) of the pair of socks would be $4.5.


Using our Sales Tax Calculator:

You can also use our Sales Tax Calculator for Reverse Sales Tax calculation to skip the aforementioned manual method. All you need is:

  1. Input the $5 Gross Price of pair of socks as Amount after Tax
  2. Input or select 10.0% of combined Sales Tax Rate on the Tax Rate

Our calculator will automatically calculate the result and represents it in 3 different forms.

Also Check: Washington Paycheck Calculator to Calculate your Paycheck in Washington State including all taxes and take home pay.

FAQs

Answer: The sales tax rate levied on the state level is 6.5%. Additionally, many cities and counties charge local sales tax as high as 4%, raising the combined sales tax rate to 10.5%.

Answer: 10.10% of combined sales tax is charged in Seattle, Washington. It comprises of 6.50% of Washington State sales tax, 3.50% of King County sales tax, and 0.10% of Seattle City sales tax.

Answer: 3.50% of local sales tax is charged by King County, which, when combined with 6.50% of Washington State sales tax, raised to 10%.

Answer: Prepared Foods are subjected to sales tax in Washington. However, groceries are exempted.

Answer: Yes, Clothing is fully taxed in Washington State.


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