Washington sales tax changes

Tracking state and local sales tax rate and rule changes in Washington


Washington sales tax changes effective July 1, 2019

The city of Aberdeen, Washington will extend and increase the Transportation Benefit District (TBD) sales and use tax rate by 0.018% effective July 1, 2019.

If sales tax isn't collected at the point of sale in Washington, the consumer owes the equivalent use tax.

City County Local Sales Tax Rate State Sales Tax Rate Total Sales Tax Rate
Aberdeen TBD Grays Harbor County 2.48%  6.50% 8.98%

See the Washington Department of Revenue for additional details.

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Washington sales tax changes archive

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.


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.


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).


Local sales and use tax rate changes are set to take effect in Washington state on January 1, 2017.

City rate changes

Twisp is establishing a new Transportation Benefit District (TBD) to raise revenue for transportation services. It will increase the local sales and use tax rate by two-tenths of one percent (0.002), to 1.9%. The new combined state and local sales and use tax rate will be 8.4%. Additional information.

County rate changes

To raise revenue for criminal justice and public safety, Grays Harbor County will increase local sales and use tax by three-tenths of one percent (0.003). The rate increase applies to all taxable sales within the county, with the exception of the retail sale or use of motor vehicles, and the lease of motor vehicles for up to the first 36 months of the lease. New local (and combined) rates are as follows:

  • Unincorporated areas: 2.3% (8.8%)
  • Aberdeen TBD: 2.43% (8.93%)
  • Cosmopolis: 2.3% (8.8%)
  • Elma: 2.3% (8.8%)
  • Hoquaim: 2.3% (8.8%)
  • McCleary: 2.3% (8.8%)
  • Montesano: 2.3% (8.8%)
  • Oakville: 2.3% (8.8%)
  • Ocean Shores: 2.3% (8.8%)
  • Westport: 2.3% (8.8%)

Additional information.

Fun fact: Aberdeen and Hoquaim received record-breaking rainfall during the month of October, 2016; 20.02 inches in Aberdeen and 15.15 inches in Hoquiam. In a normal October, they receive between 6.5 and 8 inches.


Several sales and use tax rate increases will take effect in Washington State, effective April 1, 2016.

City rate increases (raise revenue for transportation services):

  • Centralia: + 0.2% for a new rate of 8.2%
  • Clarkston: + 0.2% for a new rate of 7.9%
  • Enumclaw: + 0.1% for a new rate of 8.7%
  • Mill Creek: + 0.3% for a new rate of 9.9%
  • Monroe: + 0.3% for a new rate of 9.2%
  • Shelton: + 0.2% for a new rate of 8.8%
  • Tacoma: + 0.1% for a new rate of 9.6%

County rate increases:

  • Clallam County: + 0.2% (for optional sales tax) for a new rate of 8.4% in the unincorporated areas. Also affected:
    • Forks: 8.4%
    • Port Angeles: 8.4%
    • Sequim TBD: 8.7%
  • Pacific County: + 0.1% (for emergency communication) for a new rate of 8% in the unincorporated area and the following:
    • Ilwaco
    • Long Beach
    • Raymond
    • South Bend
  • Snohomish County: + 0.3% (for transportation) (click on link for new rates)

Special rates may apply to the sale or lease of motor vehicles. Additional information is available through the Washington State Department of Revenue.


Update: The Washington Department of Revenue has released local sales and use tax rate changes for car dealers and leasing companies, which reflect the Tumwater rate change.

Retailers doing business in Washington State take note: a local sales tax rate change has been announced for October 1, 2015.

South of the state capital of Olympia, the City of Tumwater is creating a new Transportation Benefit District (TBD). As a result, sales and use tax within the City of Tumwater will increase by two-tenths of one percent (0.002). The new local rate will be 2.4% and the new combined state and local rate will be 8.9%.


A couple of local sales tax rate changes been announced for Washington State, effective July 1, 2015.

A Transportation Benefit District is being established in the City of Dayton, increasing the local sales and use tax by two-tenths of one percent (0.002). The new local rate will be 1.8% and the combined rate will be 8.3%.

The sales and use tax rate in Unincorporated Clallam County will decrease by two-tenths of one percent (0.002), due to a reduction in the optional sales tax. That brings the new local rate to 1.7% and the new combined rate to 8.2%.


The Washington Department of Revenue has announced several local sales tax rate changes, effective April 1, 2015.

The City of Friday Harbor will create a Transportation Benefit District (TBD) to raise revenue for transportation services. Sales and use tax will therefore increase by two-tenths of one percent (0.002). Special reporting requirements exist for sales and leases of motor vehicles. The new combined state and local rate of sales tax for Friday Harbor will be 8.3%.

The City of North Bend will increase sales and use tax by one-tenth of one percent (0.001) to raise revenue for criminal justice and public safety. This tax does not apply to the retail sale or use of motor vehicles or the first 36 months of the lease of a motor vehicle. The new combined rate of sales and use tax in North Bend will be 8.9%.

The City of Seattle will create a Transportation Benefit District (TBD) to raise revenue for transportation services. This will increase sales and use tax in Seattle by one-tenth of one percent (0.001). The new combined rate of state and local sales tax in Seattle will be 9.6%.

The City of Tonasket will increase sales and use tax by one-tenth of one percent (0.001) to raise revenue for criminal justice and public safety. The retail sale/use of motor vehicles are exempt from the public safety tax, as are the first 36 months of the lease of a motor vehicle (see special reporting requirements). The new combined state and local rate for Tonasket will be 8.2%.

Pacific County will increase sales and use tax by one-tenth of a percent (0.001) to raise revenue for chemical dependency and mental health purposes. A new combined state and local rate of 7.9% will take effect in the following areas:

  • Unincorporated areas of Pacific County
  • Ilwaco
  • Long Beach
  • Raymond
  • South Bend


Benton County

Local sales and use tax within Benton County will increase three-tenths of one percent (.003). Revenue generated by the tax will fund criminal justice and public safety programs.

Benton County includes the following areas (listed with the new combined rate):

  • Unincorporated areas, 8%
  • Unincorporated P.T.B.A., 8.6%
  • Benton City, 8.6%
  • Kennewick, 8.6%
  • Prosser, 8.6%
  • Richland, 8.6%
  • West Richland, 8.6%

Special reporting instructions for sales or leases of motor vehicles

Please note that the retail sale or use of motor vehicles, and the lease of motor vehicles for up to the first 36 months of the lease, are exempt from the public safety tax imposed. As a result, the following total rates should be charged for the first 36 months:

  • Unincorporated areas, 7.7%
  • Unincorporated P.T.B.A., 8.3%
  • Benton City, 8.3%
  • Kennewick, 8.3%
  • Prosser, 8.3%
  • Richland, 8.3%
  • West Richland, 8.3%

See the rate change notice for additional information, including location code numbers.

City of Ephrata

Local sales and use tax within the City of Ephrata will increase one-tenth of one percent (.001) to fund criminal justice and public safety programs. The new combined rate for Ephrata will be 8%.

As in Benton County, there are special reporting instructions for sales or leases of motor vehicles. For up to the first 36 months of the lease, businesses reporting sales or leases of motor vehicles should report under location code number 1353, with a total sales tax rate of 7.9%. The original city/county code should be used after the 36 months of motor vehicle leases. Additional information.

City of Monroe

The City of Monroe will establish a Transportation Benefit District (TBD), which will increase sales and use tax within the city by two-tenths of one percent (.002). The new total rate will be 8.9%.

There are special reporting instructions for sales or leases of motor vehicles. For up to the first 36 months of the lease, businesses reporting sales or leases of motor vehicles should report under location code number 3162, with a total sales tax rate of 8.8%. The original city/county code should be used after the 36 months of motor vehicle leases. Additional information.


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