Washington, D.C. sales tax

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Washington, D.C. sales tax rate

6%
Base state sales tax rate 6%
Local sales tax rate 0%
Total sales tax rate 6%

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Washington, D.C. sales tax information

The Washington, DC sales tax rate is 6%, effective October 1, 2013. This is a single, district-wide general sales tax rate that applies to tangible personal property and selected services.

DC has a sales tax rate structure that also includes a 10% rate for liquor sold for off-premise and on-premise consumption, restaurant meals and rental vehicles; 18% rate for parking in commercial lots; and 14.5% for hotels and transient accommodations.

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  • The combined tax rate is the total sales tax rate of the jurisdiction for the address you submitted.

  • The jurisdiction breakdown shows the different sales tax rates making up the combined rate.

  • While most taxable products are subject to the combined sales tax rate, some items are taxed differently at state and local levels. Be sure to apply the correct sales tax rate to your sale.

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  1. Determine who's responsible to collect and remit the sales tax amount. 

  2. Determine if your product or service is taxable in the responsible party’s jurisdictions.

  3. Apply the sales tax rate shown above to your taxable product or service’s value.

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