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Washington State Sales Tax Rate Changes, April 2014


 New tax to fund transportaion in Okanogan County, Washington.

The Washington State Department of Revenue has announced numerous local tax rate changes around Washington State, from the arid mountains of Okanogan to the dripping mosses of Grays Harbor.

Effective April 1, 2014:

City of Airway Heights

  • The City of Airway Heights will create a Transportation Benefit District (TBD) and will increase sales and use tax by 0.002 to fund transportation services. The new local rate will be 2.4% and the new combined state and local rate will be 8.9%.
  • There is a special rate for Airway Heights Transportation Benefit District Car Dealers. The first 36 months of a lease of a motor vehicle must be reported under a special code at a reduced local rate of 2.3% (combined 8.8%). Beginning the 37th month of a lease, the original code and local rate of 2.4% (combined 8.9%) should be used. Additional information is available on the Department of Revenue notice.

Asotin County

  • Asotin County will increase its sales and use tax by 0.002 to raise revenue for the Public Facilities District. The new local sales tax rate in unincorporated areas of Asotin County, the City of Asotin, and Clarkston will be 1.2%. The new combined state and local rate will be 7.7%.

Columbia County

  • Columbia County will increase its sales and use tax by 0.002 to raise revenue for criminal justice and mental health purposes. The Criminal Justice and Mental Health Tax will bring the local sales and use tax rate to 1.6% and the combined state and local rate to 8.1%.

Grays Harbor County

  • Sales and use tax within the Grays Harbor Public Transportation Benefit Area (PTBA) will increase by 0.001 to fund transportation. The new Transportation Tax will raise the local sales tax rate in Aberdeen TBA to 2.13% and the combined rate to 8.63%. All other areas in Grays Harbor County will have a new local rate of 2% and a new combined rate of 8.5%.
  • Grays Harbor County includes unincorporated areas, Aberdeen, Cosmopolis, Elma, Hoquiam, McCleary, Montesano, Oakville, Ocean Shores and Westport.

City of Leavenworth

  • The City of Leavenworth will increase sales and use tax by 0.001 to fund criminal justice and public safety services. The new Public Safety Tax will bring the rate local sales and use tax in Leavenworth TBD to 1.9% and the combined state and local rate to 8.4%.
  • There is a special rate for Car Dealers and Leasing Companies within the City of Leavenworth TBD. The first 36 months of a lease of a motor vehicle must be reported under a special code at a reduced local rate of 1.8% (combined 8.3%). Beginning the 37th month of a lease, the original code and local rate of 1.9% (combined 8.4%) should be used. See the Department of Revenue notice for additional information.

Okanogan County   

  • The rate of sales and use tax within the Okanogan County Public Transportation Benefit Area (PTBA) will increase by 0.004 to fund transportation. The local rate will be 1.6% and the combined state and local rate will be 8.1% in the following areas: Unincorporated PTBA, Brewster, Conconully, Omak, Oroville, Pateros, Riverside, and Tonasket.
  • The PTBA does not include the following areas within Okanogan County: Coulee Dam, Elmer City, Nespelem, and a portion of the southeast corner of Unincorporated Okanogan County. The local rate will remain 1.2% and the combined rate will remain 7.7% in these areas.
  • The local rate will be 1.7% and the combined rate will be 8.2% in the following areas: Okanogan City, Twisp, and Winthrop.
  • Car Dealers and Leasing Companies in the Cities of Okanogan, Twisp and Winthrop should use the reduced local sales tax rate of 1.6% (combined 8.1%) and report with a special code for the first 36 months of a lease. Beginning the 37th month, the original city code and rate should be used. Additional information is available on a DOR notice.

City of Roy

  • The City of Roy will increase sales and use tax by 0.001 to fund criminal justice and public safety services. The new Public Safety Tax will raise the local rate of sales and use tax to 1.5% and the combined rate to 8%.
  • Car Dealers and Leasing Companies in the City of Roy must use a special code and rate of tax for the first 36 months of a lease. Beginning the 37th month, the normal code and rate of tax for the City of Roy applies. Additional information is provided on a DOR notice.

While we’re on the topic of tax changes in Washington State, also effective April 1, 2014:

  • The City of Cle Elum will add a special hotel/motel tax of 1% to the existing 1% lodging tax. The total special hotel/motel tax will be 2%.
  • All unincorporated areas within the Thurston County Tourism Protection Area (TPA) and some incorporated areas within the TPA will increase the rate of special assessments/lodging charges by $2 per room per night of stay. The rate increase applies to “lodging businesses within the TPA with 40 or more rooms….” This will impact lodging rates in the following cities: Lacey, Olympia, Tumwater and Yelm. Additional information is available on the DOR special 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.