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Washington State: Local Sales Tax Rate Changes for 2013


The Washington State Department of Revenue has released several local sales tax rate increases. They will take effect January 1, 2013.

Within the city limits of sunny Sequim, on the Olympic Peninsula, the local sales and use tax will see an increase of one-tenth of one percent (.001). The tax applies to both retail sales and services. Revenue generated by this tax increase "will be used for criminal justice and public safety purposes."

Beginning January 1, 2013, there will be a local sales and use tax rate increase of three-tenths of one percent (.003) in San Juan County. As in Sequim, the additional funds will go towards criminal justice and public safety.

Location Code Local Sales Tax Rate State Sales Tax Rate Total Sales Tax Rate
Sequim TBD 0503 .022 .065 .087
Unincorporated Areas, San Juan County 2800 .016 .065 .081
Friday Harbor 2801 .016 .065 .081

However, both in Sequim and San Juan County, "the retail sale or use of motor vehicles, and the lease of motor vehicles for up to the first thirty-six months of the lease, are exempt from the public safety tax imposed." It should be noted that the new sales and use tax does apply to service and parts on motor vehicles.

Location Code Local Sales Tax Rate State Sales Tax Rate Total Sales Tax Rate
Sequim TBD - MVET 0563 .021 .065 .086
Unincorporated Areas, San Juan County 2850 .013 .065 .078
Friday Harbor 2851 .013 .065 .078

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Gail Cole
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Gail Cole
Gail Cole
Avalara Author Gail Cole
Gail began researching and writing about sales tax in 2012 and has been fascinated with it ever since. She has a penchant for uncovering unusual tax facts, and endeavors to make complex sales tax laws more digestible for both experts and laypeople.