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Washington sales tax rate changes, April 2018


 The sales tax rate in Sequim will increase as of April 1, 2018.

Numerous local sales and use tax rate changes are set to take effect April 1, 2018, throughout Washington state, from rainy Forks to sunny Sequim to snowy Winthrop.

City rate changes

Connell is establishing a Transportation Benefit District (TBD) with a sales and use tax rate of 0.2%, for a combined rate of 8.2% in the TBD. The Connell TBD Motor Vehicles Excise Tax (MVET) is 7.9%.

Ellensburg is increasing sales and use tax by 0.1% to raise revenue for housing and related services. The new combined rate will be 8.3%, and the new Ellensburg MVET will be 8%.

Long Beach is establishing a new TBD with a sales and use tax rate of 0.2%. The combined rate for the Long Beach TBD will be 8.3%.

Moses Lake is establishing a new TBD with a sales and use tax rate of 0.2%. The combined rate for the Moses Lake TBD will be 8.1%.

Mukilteo is establishing a new TBD with a sales and use tax rate of 0.1%. The combined rate for the Mukilteo TBD will be 10.4%.

Sequim is increasing sales and use tax by 0.1 percent to raise revenue for juvenile detention facilities and jails. Sequim’s combined general rate of sales and use tax will be 8.8%, while the MVET rate will be 8.7%.

County rate changes

Clallam County is increasing sales and use tax by 0.1% to raise revenue for juvenile detention facilities and jails. This affects the following areas and raises rates as such:

  • Unincorporated Clallam County, 8.5%
  • Forks, 8.5%
  • Port Angeles, 8.7%
  • Sequim, 8.8%

Columbia County is increasing sales and use tax by 0.1% to fund emergency communications systems and facilities. This raises the rates as follows:

  • Unincorporated Columbia County, 8.2%
  • Dayton, 8.4%
  • Starbuck, 8.2%

Okanogan County is increasing sales and use tax by 0.1% to fund juvenile detention facilities and jails. This raises the rates as follows:

  • Unincorporated Okanogan County, 7.8%
  • Unincorporated PTBA, 8.2%
  • Brewster, 8.2%
  • Conconully, 8.2%
  • Coulee Dam, 7.8%
  • Elmer City, 7.8%
  • Nespelem, 7.8%
  • Okanogan (city), 8.3%
  • Okanogan (city) MVET, 8.2%
  • Omak, 8.2%
  • Oroville, 8.2%
  • Pateros, 8.2%
  • Riverside, 8.2%
  • Tonasket, 8.3%
  • Tonasket MVET, 8.2%
  • Twisp, 8.5%
  • Twisp MVET, 8.4%
  • Winthrop, 8.3%
  • Winthrop MVET, 8.2 percent

As shown above, local rates vary throughout the state of Washington. Not a lot, perhaps, but enough to trip up sales and use tax compliance.

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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.