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Washington sales tax rate changes, April 2017


 Many local rate changes scheduled to take effect in Washington on April 1, 2017.

Updated 2.20.2017

Numerous local sales and use tax rate changes are scheduled to take effect in Washington on April 1, 2017.

Municipal rate changes (with new total rates)

  • The local rate in Kalama will increase by 0.1% to raise revenue for criminal justice and public safety (7.9%)
    • The rate for the retail sale and lease (first 36 months) of motor vehicles remains 7.8%
  • The local rate in Lynnwood will increase by 0.1% due to the establishment of a Transportation Benefit District (TBD) (10.4%)
  • The rate in Mill Creek will increase by 0.005% to raise revenue to expand and coordinate transportation services. The new combined rate in Mill Creek will be 10.4% (10.3% in the Mill Creek MVET)
  • The local rate in Mount Vernon will increase by 0.2% due to the creation of a TBD (8.7%)
    • The rate for the retail sale and lease (first 36 months) of motor vehicles remains 8.4%

County rate changes (with new total rates)

  • The local rate in Cowlitz County will increase by 0.1% to raise revenue for emergency communication systems and facilities (7.8%). The rate increase also affects the following municipalities:
    • Castle Rock TBD (8.0%)
    • Kalama (7.9%)
    • Kelso (8.1%)
    • Longview (8.1%)
    • Woodland (7.9%) — the rate for the retail sale and lease (first 36 months) of motor vehicles remains 7.8%
  • Kitsap County will increase local sales and use tax by 0.3% to raise revenue for new passenger-only ferry services (9.0%). The new 9% rate will also take effect in the following localities:
    • Bainbridge Island
    • Bremerton
    • Port Orchard
    • Poulsbo
  • Lincoln County will increase local sales and use tax by 0.3% to raise revenue for criminal justice and public safety purposes (8.0%)
    • The rate for the retail sale and lease (first 36 months) of motor vehicles remains 7.7%
    • The 8.0% rate will also take effect in the following localities:
      • Almira
      • Creston
      • Davenport
      • Harrington
      • Odessa
      • Reardan
      • Sprague
      • Wilbur
  • Local tax within the Spokane County Public Transportation Benefit Area (PTBA) will increase by 0.2% to raise revenue for transportation purposes (8.9% in unincorporated Spokane County PTBA)
    • The 8.9% rate also applies in Cheney, Liberty Lake, Medical Lake, Millwood, Spokane City, and Spokane Valley
    • However, the rate for the retail sale and lease (first 36 months) of motor vehicles remains 8.8% for Spokane County PTBA, Cheney, Liberty Lake, Medical Lake, Millwood, Spokane, and Spokane Valley
    • The rate in Airway Heights TBD jumps to 9.1%, but the rate for the retail sale and lease (first 36 months) of motor vehicles remains 9%

Also effective April 1, 2017, the local sales and use tax rate for the King, Pierce, and Snohomish Counties Regional Transit Authority will increase by 0.5%, for a total rate of 1.4%. The new tax revenue will be used to expand and coordinate light rail, commuter rail, and express bus service, as well as improve access to transit facilities in King, Pierce, and Snohomish Counties. Additional information (including localities affected by the change).

Changes in sales and use tax rates complicate sales and use tax compliance for all companies that do business in those areas. Tax automation software facilitates compliance. 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.