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Washington sales tax changes, October 2016


 Washington local sales tax rates, October 2016.

Several local sales tax rate changes are set to take effect in Washington State on October 1, 2016, due to the creation of new Transportation Benefit Districts (TBDs).

The rate of sales and use tax in the new Ellensburg TBD is 0.2%, bringing the local rate up to 1.7% and the total rate to 8.2%. However, the rate for businesses that sell or lease motor vehicles in Ellensburg (TBD MVET) is 7.9%. See the Washington Department of Revenue for location code numbers and additional details.

The rate of tax in the Mattawa TBD is also 0.2%. The local rate jumps to 1.6% and the combined rate to 8.1%.

The rate of tax in the Othello TBD is 0.2%, bringing the local rate to 1.4% and the combined rate to 7.9%.

Every time a local rate changes, businesses that makes sales in that jurisdiction must adjust point of sales systems to ensure compliance. Automating sales and use tax simplifies the process and reduces audit risk. Learn more.


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.