State sales tax rate6.5%
* While the base rate applies statewide, it’s only a starting point for calculating sales tax in Washington. For an accurate tax rate for each jurisdiction, add other applicable local rates on top of the base rate.
Washington sales tax basics
The Washington (WA) state sales tax rate is currently 6.5%. Depending on local municipalities, the total tax rate can be as high as 10.4%.
Other, local-level tax rates in the state of Washington are quite complex compared against local-level tax rates in other states. Washington sales tax may also be levied at the city/county/school/transportation and SPD (special purpose district) levels.
Washington sales tax is one of the most challenging states to monitor and maintain due to the complex levels of local and special purpose taxes. Maintaining accuracy for this state is demanding and time consuming.
Amazon is headquartered in Washington state, where it also owns and operates several fulfillment centers and customer service centers. This physical presence, or nexus, creates a sales tax obligation for Amazon and many sellers participating in Amazon’s Seller Central and Fulfillment by Amazon (FBA) programs.
All businesses making retail sales of taxable tangible personal property and services in Washington must collect sales tax. As a Streamlined Sales Tax state, Washington encourages businesses without a sales tax obligation to register with the state and collect.
If you need to collect sales tax in Washington, first you need to register your business. Learn what steps you need to take to register in Washington.
Now that you’ve registered and you’re collecting sales tax in Washington, find out how to file, or remit, your sales tax. Get answers to your common sales tax filing questions.
Check on the sales tax filing deadlines for Washington. Get the dates for filing annually, quarterly, or monthly.
Are you looking for tax rates within a certain county? We have a list of all the counties in Washington along with their sales tax rate.
Each city or town in Washington may charge additional sales tax. Find the local tax rate for each city.
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