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Washington State Sales Tax Rate Changes, January 2015


 Ephrata to increase sales and use tax on January 1, 2015.

Numerous local Washington State Department of Revenue.

Benton County

Local sales and use tax within Benton County will increase three-tenths of one percent (.003). Revenue generated by the tax will fund criminal justice and public safety programs.

Benton County includes the following areas (listed with the new combined rate):

  • Unincorporated areas, 8%
  • Unincorporated P.T.B.A., 8.6%
  • Benton City, 8.6%
  • Kennewick, 8.6%
  • Prosser, 8.6%
  • Richland, 8.6%
  • West Richland, 8.6%

Special reporting instructions for sales or leases of motor vehicles

Please note that the retail sale or use of motor vehicles, and the lease of motor vehicles for up to the first 36 months of the lease, are exempt from the public safety tax imposed. As a result, the following total rates should be charged for the first 36 months:

  • Unincorporated areas, 7.7%
  • Unincorporated P.T.B.A., 8.3%
  • Benton City, 8.3%
  • Kennewick, 8.3%
  • Prosser, 8.3%
  • Richland, 8.3%
  • West Richland, 8.3%

See the rate change notice for additional information, including location code numbers.

City of Ephrata

Local sales and use tax within the City of Ephrata will increase one-tenth of one percent (.001) to fund criminal justice and public safety programs. The new combined rate for Ephrata will be 8%.

As in Benton County, there are special reporting instructions for sales or leases of motor vehicles. For up to the first 36 months of the lease, businesses reporting sales or leases of motor vehicles should report under location code number 1353, with a total sales tax rate of 7.9%. The original city/county code should be used after the 36 months of motor vehicle leases. Additional information.

City of Monroe

The City of Monroe will establish a Transportation Benefit District (TBD), which will increase sales and use tax within the city by two-tenths of one percent (.002). The new total rate will be 8.9%.

There are special reporting instructions for sales or leases of motor vehicles. For up to the first 36 months of the lease, businesses reporting sales or leases of motor vehicles should report under location code number 3162, with a total sales tax rate of 8.8%. The original city/county code should be used after the 36 months of motor vehicle leases. Additional information.

Use this free sales tax rate map to local accurate sales tax rates throughout the United States.

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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.