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Washington sales tax rate changes, January 2018

 Local sales tax rates in Washington.

Several local sales and use tax rate changes are scheduled to take effect in Washington on Jan. 1, 2018.

Up near the Canadian border, the City of Blaine is establishing a transportation benefit district (TBD) to raise revenue for — what else? — transportation. The new combined rate for Blaine will increase to 8.7%. However, a rate of 8.6% applies to the sale and the first 36 months of the lease of motor vehicles reported in the Blaine TBD MVET. Additional details.

Pacific County, in the southwest corner of the state, is imposing a criminal justice tax to fund criminal justice. A new combined rate of 8.1% applies to the following locations:

  • Ilwaco
  • Long Beach
  • Raymond
  • South Bend
  • Unincorporated areas

Finally, Port Angeles, on the Olympic Peninsula, will increase the rate of tax to 8.6% to raise revenue for transportation.

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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.