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Washington State Tax Facts

WA Income Tax

Washington state does not collect individual income tax.

WA Sales Tax

Washington has a starting 7.0% state sales tax rate, which also applies to some services.

Though purchases of certain foods and food ingredients are exempt from the sales tax, soft drinks, prepared foods, and dietary supplements, and food products sold with eating utensils are taxable. Washington state considers plates, napkins, and forks eating utensils, but not packaging or containers used to transport food items.

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WA Personal Property Tax

Personal property taxes in Washington are administered and collected at the local level. They are valued by county assessors and collected by county treasurers. All personal and real property is subject to tax unless specifically exempted by law. Most personal property owned by individuals is exempt from tax. Personal property used for business or other personal property is not exempt from the tax.

WA state law requires county assessors to appraise personal propery at 100% of its fair and true market value, according to the property's best and highest use.

The collection of property taxes is accounted for about 30% of the state's total local and state revenue. It's the most important revenue source for fire protection, park and recreation, public schools, library, and other special purpose districts.

All property taxes are paid to the county treasurer's office at the personal property's location.

Odd Washington State Tax Fact

Washington state has a "syrup tax." The $1-per-gallon tax is imposed on the retail or wholesale of syrup used to make carbonated beverages. It's collected by wholesalers when the syrup is sold. If retailers didn't pay the tax on their wholesale purchase, they directy pay the tax to the Washington Department of Revenue.

Successive sales of previously-taxed syrup are exempt from the tax.

Funds collected from the "syrup tax" are used by the WA violence reduction/drug enforcement account.

Washington State Tax Agency Contacts

You can contact the Washington Department of Revenue at 1-800-647-7706.

For more information on Washington state income taxes, you can visit the website of the Washington Department of Revenue.

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