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King County Tax Change for Hostels, August 2015

  • Jul 17, 2015 | Gail Cole

 Not just for youth.

King County is the most populous area of Washington State — home to more than 2 million people. It runs along Puget Sound from Shoreline through Seattle to Federal Way, and east into pockets of the Cascade Mountains. It is an area that draws visitors both for its natural beauty and its cultural activities. For many, affordable lodging means a hostel.

Currently, all hostels in King County are required to collect the convention and trade center tax and report it on their combined excise tax returns. That requirement will change on August 1, 2015, when Substitute House Bill 1516 excludes hostels with 60 or more units from the convention and trade center tax.

Hostel is defined in the measure as follows:

“[A] structure or facility where a majority of the rooms for sleeping accommodations are hostel dormitories containing a minimum of four standard beds designed for single-person occupancy within the facility. Hostel accommodations are supervised and must include at least one common area and at least one common kitchen for guest use.”

Washington Department of Revenue.

Learn more about the easiest way to manage and pay lodging taxes.


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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.