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Washington is a destination-based state (sales are taxed where the buyer is located).
Businesses may file returns and pay taxes online at MyDOR.
The state general sales tax rate is 6.5%. Local retail sales tax, ranging from 0.5% to 3.1% is collected by retailers along with the state tax. In some areas, special taxes may apply.
For a fast and accurate sales tax rate lookup by zip code, use our up-to-date calculator below.
Look up your Washington sales tax rate:
Food and food ingredients are generally exempt from sales tax in the state. The exemption does not apply to prepared foods, candy, soft drinks, or bottled water.
Business activities that establish nexus in the state include:
Economic nexus in Washington:
Find out more about nexus in Washington.
Filing frequencies are assigned based on your estimated yearly business income. Due dates are as follows:
To register your business with the Department of Revenue and other state agencies, use My DOR, the state’s online business tax and licensing system.
Once registered, you will receive a business license and Unified Business Identifier (UBI) number from the Business Licensing Service. You’ll also receive a letter from the Department of Revenue with your UBI/account ID and filing frequency.
The penalties for late payments are:
The interest rate on late payments changes annually. The current rate is 3%.
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