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Washington Sales Tax Rate Changes October 2012


The Washington State Department of Revenue has announced local sales tax rate changes effective October 1, 2012. 

Those conducting business in the following counties and cities should adjust their registers and financial applications for the following rate changes, beginning October 1:

  • The City of Ridgefield repealed its Transportation Benefit District sales and use tax. Thus, sales and use tax within "the entire boundary" of the city will be a combined rate* of 8.4%.
  • The City of Waitsburg will increase from 1.6% to 1.7% for a combined rate of 8.2%.
  • Sales and use tax "...within the Greater Wenatchee Regional Events Center Public Facility District in Chelan County and Douglas County will increase...by one-tenth of one percent (.001)."

*combined rate = state + local rates.

In addition, the Pierce County Public Transportation Benefit Area boundary will change. The following jurisdictions will see a sales and use tax rate decrease of six-tenths of one percent (.006):

  • Bonney Lake will decrease from 2.9% to 2.3% for a combined rate of 9.1%.
  • Buckley will decrease from 2.0% to 1.7% for a combined rate of 8.2%.
  • Dupont will decrease from 2.9% to 2.3% for a combined rate of 9.1%.
  • Orting will decrease from 2.9% to 2.3% for a combined rate of 9.1%.
  • Sumner will decrease from 2.9% to 2.3% for a combined rate of 9.1%.
  • Part of Pierce County HBZ will decrease from 2.0% to 1.7% for a combined rate of 8.2%.
  • Part of Pierce County will decrease from 2.9% to 2.3% for a combined rate of 9.1%.

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Will Frei
Avalara Author Will Frei
Will Frei covers sales tax news including best practices, legislation and sales tax technology. He is the Social Media Manager at Avalara.