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District of Columbia Sales Tax Rate Change, October 2013


 Washington D.C. to lower sales and use tax rate, October 2013.

The District of Columbia is lowering its sales and use tax rate. Effective October 1, 2013, the rate is decreasing from 6% to 5.75%. The new rate will apply to applicable sales made on or after October 1, 2013. The old rate of 6% applies to purchases made prior to October 1 but delivered on or after October 1.

Washington D.C. also has the following special rates, which are not changing:

  • The rate for parking is 18%, proving that it pays to walk or ride that bicycle;
  • The rate for transient accommodations is 14.5%;
  • The rate for "other tobacco products" is 12%;
  • The rate for prepaid telephone cards, rental or leasing or vehicles and certain utility trailers, food and beverages for immediate consumption, and liquor for off premise consumption is 10%; and
  • The rate for medical marijuana is 6%.

Click here for the D.C. Office of Tax and Revenue official rate change notice.

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Gail Cole
Avalara Author
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.