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Washington: Lodging Tax Rate Changes, July 2015


 Lodging tax rates are going up in some parts of Washington.

Gas prices could be even lower this summer than they were last summer (NPR). If that turns out to be true, Americans will probably hit the road in great numbers. They’ll have to stop and rest for the night – and when they do, they’ll be met with higher lodging taxes in some areas of Washington State.

City of Spokane Valley

The City of Spokane Valley will impose a Special Hotel/Motel Lodging Tax of 1.3%, effective July 1, 2015. It will be in addition to the $2 lodging tax already imposed in Spokane Valley by the Spokane County Public Facilities District.

  • Spokane Valley (location code 5313): lodging businesses with 40 or more rooms must collect the retail sales tax rate of 8.7% and a special hotel/motel tax of 3.3%, for a total tax rate of 12%.
  • Spokane Valley (location code 3213): lodging businesses with 39 or fewer rooms must collect the retail sales tax rate of 8.7% and the special hotel/motel tax of 1.3%, for a total tax rate of 10%.

Walla Walla

The Walla Walla City Tourism Promotion Area (TPA) lodging charge will increase, effective July 1, 2015. It is to be collected by lodging businesses with 40 or more rooms that are located within the TPA. Rates are as follows:

  • Zone A of the TPA (location code 3660): $2.00 per room per night of stay.
  • Zone B of the TPA (location code 3661): $1.75 per room per night of stay.

Lodging information rates and changes for the third quarter of 2015 is posted on the Washington Department of Revenue website.

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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.