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Washington: New Hotel/Motel Tax


 The Palouse, near Colfax, Washington.

In southeast Washington State sits the small, picturesque town of Colfax. It’s a nice place to visit, situated as it is in the Palouse, at the confluence of the north and south forks of the Palouse River, west of the Rocky Mountains and north of Washington State University in Pullman.

Beginning January 1, 2015, the City of Colfax will impose a 2% Special Hotel/Motel Tax on lodging businesses with 30 or more rooms. This is in addition to the retail sales tax rate of 7.8%, for a combined tax rate of 9.8%.

Colfax lodging establishments with 29 rooms or less are subject only to the retail sales tax rate of 7.8%. Additional information.

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Sales tax rates, rules, and regulations change frequently. Although we hope you'll find this information helpful, this blog is for informational purposes only and does not provide legal or tax advice.
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.